WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (May 18, 2018) – Department of Workplace Standards Commissioner Ervin Dimeny visited Firestone Industrial Products in Williamsburg today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 3,432,716 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees.
“I want to congratulate Firestone in Williamsburg on earning its fifth Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Workplace safety is the main priority in the Labor Cabinet and working over three million hours without a lost-time injury shows Firestone Industrial Product’s dedication to keep each and every one of its employees safe on the job. On behalf of Governor Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, it is my honor to bestow this award to the hardworking men and women of Firestone Industrial Products. Congratulations on your efforts and I look forward to your next milestone in workplace safety.”
Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC, headquartered in Nashville, Tn., specializes in air spring manufacturing and technology with a history of more than 75 years of research and development on technologically advanced air springs for the global marketplace. Firestone Industrial Products manufactures air springs and related products for commercial trucks and trailers, cars, sport utility vehicles, light trucks, minivans, motor homes, buses, agricultural equipment, rail and industrial applications. The company has manufacturing and assembly plants and technical centers in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
“The Governor’s Health and Safety Award is a testament to the Williamsburg teammates’ commitment to creating a safe work environment and is a shining example of Firestone’s core commitment to safety first,” said Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability, James DeMouy. “From leadership to the plant floor, all of our teammates have safety at top of mind and strive to manufacture high-quality industrial products in the safest way possible.”
“I’m extremely happy that a local company was able to earn this award,” Rep. Regina Huff (Williamsburg) said. “Over 3 million consecutive hours without time lost-time incident is an amazing accomplishment. I’m pleased that Firestone Industrial Products takes pride in providing a safe working environment.”
The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award to highlight outstanding safety and health performance in Kentucky’s workplaces. A business may qualify for the award if its employees achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees.
According to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kentucky employers reported the lowest incident rate for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the state’s history.
Based on a mathematical calculation that describes the number of recordable incidents per 100 full-time employees, Kentucky’s rate improved from 3.7 in 2015 to 3.4 in 2016. This rate has steadily declined since it was first calculated in 1996, when a rate of 8.4 was reported.
The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training leads the Cabinet’s proactive efforts to create safe and healthful workplace conditions through an initiative called KY Safe.
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