For the second consecutive year, Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) has earned the American Gas Association’s (AGA) Safety Achievement Award for outstanding employee safety performance in 2014. The award was presented during the AGA Operations Conference & Biennial Exhibition on May 20, 2015 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.
The Safety Achievement Awards are significant as they recognize AGA member companies for having the lowest injury rate for companies of their type. According to the AGA, the natural gas industry spends more than $6 billion annually to ensure the safety of employees and nearby communities.
“We are honored to once again have the opportunity to accept this award – it is a testament of the accountability and focus our team has in regards to building a premier interdependent safety culture” said Farrah Lowe, vice president of safety, training, and natural resource management, CPG. “I could not be more proud of the entire team for their commitment to ensuring all of our employees and contractors remain safe and healthy each and every day.”
Columbia’s 1,506 employees finished 2014 with seven recordable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) incidents. That translates to a .49 OSHA rate, which put CPG in the AGA top decile category. The company only recorded one Days Away, Restrictions and Transfers (DART) incident in 2014 (.09 DART rate), which also put it in the AGA top decile category.
“This is a great achievement that recognizes our company’s commitment to safety” said Shawn Patterson, president, Operations & Project Delivery, CPG. “Our challenge in 2015 is going to be to maintain this status by remaining focused on being present in the moment and never losing sight of the task at hand. A sincere thank you to everyone at CPG for making the conscious effort to keep safety at the forefront of everything we do day in and day out.
The AGA, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 92 percent — more than 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members.