For 120 years, Nokian Tyres has focused on keeping customers safe. From the early days of producing protective rubber boots to today’s state-of-the-art tires, safety has always been a core value of the company. This philosophy extends to employee safety, where workforce safety is a priority, and is further exemplified at the Dayton factory.
Nokian Tyres emphasizes safety with all of the contractors at the construction site. Yet, safety truly begins before someone first steps foot in the construction zone. All Nokian Tyres employees, even those on temporary assignment, are required to take an online course to understand how to navigate through the construction and adhere to the local rules and regulations in place. Visitors are always escorted on the site to ensure they are not putting themselves or others in harm’s way.
Anyone who visits the site must adhere to the strict Personal Protective Equipment regulations. This means everyone must be equipped with hard hats, brightly colored safety vests, safety glasses, gloves and steel-toed shoes.
In addition, on-site workers are required to attend weekly meetings and training drills regarding construction site safety. Due to rainy weather and the threat of flooding, these protocols were put to the test during an evacuation. As a result of the extensive training, practice drills and proactive action plans in place, the site was safely evacuated without incident.
“One important aspect for Nokian Tyres is our focus on safety,” said Sami Eerikäinen, head of production services and development of supply operations at Nokian Tyres. “With so much heavy equipment on-site, this is a high bar to maintain. However it’s in Nokian Tyres’ DNA that safety remains our top priority.”
Nokian Tyres also emphasizes safety through tire education. On August 24 and 25, representatives from Nokian Tyres will be in Dayton to discuss tire safety with the community. The first day will be an evening event at the Rhea County Eagles home opener tailgate and the second day will be from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rhea County Welcome Center. At this event, drivers can learn more about measuring tread depth and checking tire pressure in addition to viewing the latest products from Nokian Tyres.
From on-the-road safety, to safety in the workplace, Nokian Tyres is committed to the well-being of all drivers and employees.