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Cooper Tire's Tupelo plant receives award for improving workplace safety and health

Cooper Tire’s Vice President of Global Manufacturing John Bodart (left) and Tupelo Plant Manager Jim Pritchett (right)

Cooper Tire’s Tupelo plant has been recognized for its workforce safety performance.

Posted: Apr 5, 2019 11:45 AM
Updated: Apr 5, 2019 2:44 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Cooper Tire’s Tupelo plant has been recognized for its workforce safety performance.

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) awarded the manufacturing plant with an Improvement Award on Wednesday.

In order to receive the award, a facility must have achieved a DART rate that is at least 10 percent better than its rate in the prior year and better than the industry average.

DART stands for Days Away, Restricted or Transfer. It measures serious injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

The Tupelo plant was one of 11 USTMA-member facilities to receive the award in 2019.

It earned the award in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017. 

Tupelo Plant Manager Jim Pritchett said he is proud of the Tupelo team and looks forward to continuing the plant's safety improvement efforts.

“The most valuable asset we have is our people, so a safe working environment is always our top priority," he said.

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