CGA Announces Safety Award Winners at 2019 Annual Meeting

The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) recently announced the winners of its industry-leading safety awards at the association’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

“We’re proud to pay tribute to our members through this awards program,” said Rich Gottwald, president and CEO of CGA. “The dedication to safety exhibited by the companies and individuals recognized through these awards makes our industry safer for everyone – from employees of our member companies to end users who come into contact with our members’ products.”

And the winners are . . .

Fleet Safety Excellence Award

Sponsored by Linde, this award recognizes outstanding safety performance among the industry’s bulk and cylinder truck delivery fleets. The award is based on a CGA member company’s total vehicle accident frequency rate. The winners are:

Bulk Gas Transportation:

  • Less than 20 million miles – Matheson
  • More than 20 million miles – GenOx Transportation

Cylinder Gas Transportation:

  • Less than 3 million miles – Western International Gas & Cylinders Inc.
  • More than 3 million miles – Praxair Distribution, Inc.

Leonard Parker Pool Safety Award

Sponsored by Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., this award is presented annually to the participating CGA member companies that have recorded the greatest improvement in safety performance over the previous two years, based upon the total recordable case incidence rates as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The winners are:

  • Group 1 – More than 2 million employee exposure hours – Matheson
  • Group 2 – 2 million or less employee exposure hours – Roberts Oxygen

CGA/GAWDA Distributor Safety Award

Co-sponsored by CGA and GAWDA, the award program honors the participating GAWDA distributor member companies that have shown the greatest improvement in safety performance, and encourages a renewed focus on safe corporate cultures within the distributor community. The winners are:

  • Group 1 – More than 100,000 employee exposure hours – Welder’s Supply Co. of Louisville
  • Group 2 – 100,000 or fewer employee exposure hours – Island Supply Welding Company

Environmental Recognition Award

The CGA Environmental Recognition Program enables the Association to identify and share sound environmental practices, while promoting environmental awareness and improvements within companies in the industry. Awards are presented annually to deserving individuals, teams, or facilities that have conducted activities meeting identified environmental excellence criteria. Awards were given for the following projects:

  • Western International Gas & Cylinders Inc.: Emission Reduction Project (Berwick, Pennsylvania)
  • Matheson: Liquid Recovery and Re-Insulation (Fort Meade, Florida)
  • Matheson: Chlorine Blow-off Reclamation (electronics specialty gas plant in New Johnsonville, Tennessee)

New Committee Member of the Year Award

Sponsored by Chart Industries, this service award is presented to an individual with less than three years of CGA committee participation in recognition of their outstanding character, commitment and contributions to the Association. The award was presented to Christophe Toubeau of Lisam Systems.

Charles H. Glasier Safety Award

Sponsored by American Air Liquide Holdings, this award is given in memory of Charles H. Glasier, a leader in the industry, strong supporter of safety, former CGA chairman and active participant in CGA for more than 40 years. The award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of their safety leadership in the industrial gas industry. This year’s winner: Bonnie Stanage of Matheson, who becomes the first woman in CGA history to receive the award.

H. Emerson Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award

The CGA Lifetime Achievement Award is named for H. Emerson Thomas, who served in a leadership capacity with CGA for more than 60 years. This award is based on the individual’s record of achievement on behalf of CGA and the industry; the individual’s reputation among industry peers and regulatory authorities; and his/her professional recognition over a lifetime. The award was presented to Steven Gentry of Worthington Industries.

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