VOSHA cited Goodyear for these and many other alleged safety violations at the tire factory and fined the company more than $1 million (Ä910,000). The tire company is currently contesting these citations.
Japanese group Bridgestone restricts its reporting of health & safety incidents to overall frequency and severity rates. The frequency rate is based on: (the number of injuries/total actual working hours) x 1,000,000.
Bridgestone’s incident-frequency figure was 0.13 in 2015, down from 0.25, 0.18, and 0.44 in 2014, 2013 and 2012 respectively, according to its ‘sustainability report’ for 2015.
The incident severity-rate figure was 0.006 in 2015, compared to 0.004, 0.06 and a spike of 0.47 in 2014, 2013 and 2012 respectively. Bridgestone noted a year-on-year increase of seven serious injuries including fractures due to falls, to 20, in 2015, across the group’s 190 production and logistics sites.
French group Michelin includes information on its health & safety performance in its 2015 annual and sustainable development report, though data on accident or injury rates is limited.
A single graphic shows a drop in the TCIR (total case incident rate) – the number of workplace incidents affecting employee health per number of hours worked – at 2.67 in 2015, down from 2.84 the previous year. Michelin is targeting a TCIR of below 2.0 by 2020 the report states.
Freudenberg Group began using the LDIFR (lost-day incident frequency rate) based on “a pro-rata consolidation of the joint ventures” in its internal reporting in 2015. It measures all accidents at work involving at least one day’s absence per million working hours, and also includes data for temporary employees and agency staff.
The German rubber group’s annual report for that year records an LDIFR of 1.3, down from 1.4 in the previous year. Based on the consolidation method for joint ventures, the LDIFR was 1.4, compared to 1.5 in 2014.
The total number of accidents resulting in at least one day’s absence from work during the year under review was 96 compared to a prior-year total of 95. There were seven serious accidents in 2015 up from six in the previous year.
Overall, the figures indicate that global players in the tire and rubber industries are, at least, moving in the right direction in terms of reaching the aspirational goal of zero lost-work incidents at their facilities.
It should be remembered that this analysis covers just a few of the largest manufacturers and that the quality of reporting is much poorer outside the major publically listed companies. At all levels, though, it seems that there is a need for the industry to come together to develop a common approach to measuring its progress, and failings, in this critical area.