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ContiTech conveyor plant receives safety award

September 6, 2017  By Continental ContiTech

September 6, 2017 – Legg Company, Inc., a unit of Continental’s division ContiTech, was among four companies to receive top honours for safety at the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers’ (ARPM) Environmental Health and Safety Summit here recently.

Legg, and three other companies, each received gold awards given to sites that reported no occupational injuries or illnesses during 2016, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA). The Legg plant that received the award is a conveyor belt plant in Halstead, Kansas.

“This is indeed an honor for Legg, ContiTech and our Halstead, Kansas plant,” said Jim Hill, president of ContiTech North America and head of the North American conveyor belt operations. “It is a testament to the tremendous work ethic and dedication to safe habits of general manager John Blankenship, Head of Production and Safety Cody Knauss, the entire Halstead management, staff and workers and their attention to safety awareness and accident prevention through behaviour-based safety audits.”

ARPM’s safety awards program seeks to recognize safety in the rubber industry by awarding facilities that have achieved a level of performance above industry average.  Awards are based on data reported by the company’s annual OSHA 300 log of work-related injuries and illnesses.  The association said it received three times as many applications in 2017 compared to 2016.


“This program honours leaders in our association for achieving excellence in safety and health,” ARPM Managing Director Letha Keslar said in a statement. “These member companies are making safety a top priority and have gone to extensive measures to assure their most valuable asset, their employees, are safe on the job. We look forward to gathering in 2018 for the EHS Summit and continuing to celebrate safety in our member facilities.” 

The Environmental Health and Safety Summit is an annual event hosted by ARPM designed to share best leadership and safety practices with industry professionals hoping to achieve world-class safety within their companies. ARPM said the 2017 summit doubled its attendance from prior years.

ARPM is managed by rubber business leaders and consists of more than 85 member companies.

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transport. In 2016, Continental generated sales of €40.5 billion and currently employs more than 230,000 people in 56 countries.

As a division in the Continental Corporation, ContiTech is one of the world’s leading industrial specialists. Its customers can be found in key industries such as machine and plant engineering, mining, the agricultural industry, and the automotive industry. With around 46,000 employees in 44 countries, the company uses its development and material expertise for products and systems made of rubber, polyamide, metal, textile, and electronic components to combine these with individual services. ContiTech also offers functional and design-oriented living solutions and is always searching for customer-friendly and environmentally-friendly answers – going well and truly beyond its roots as a producer of rubber products. With sales of approximately €5.5 billion (2016), this international technology partner is active with core branches in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

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