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 AGA Recognizes Industry Leaders in Safety   

 
   

The companies we honor today have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure their customers and their employees are safe and healthy

New Orleans, LA — The American Gas Association (AGA) today recognized 12 of its member companies for achieving outstanding records of employee safety in 2009. The Safety Achievement Award, presented at AGA’s 2010 Operations Conference, was given to companies that achieved the lowest “DART” incident rate — a mathematical calculation that describes the number of recordable injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time employees that resulted in days away from work or restricted work activity.

Additionally, seven other AGA member companies earned the Vehicle Safety Achievement Award by experiencing the lowest motor vehicle accident rate for companies of their type.

“The companies we honor today have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure their customers and their employees are safe and healthy,” said David Parker, AGA president and CEO.  “AGA takes pride in representing and recognizing these conscientious organizations.”

Safety Achievement Award winners include, by category:

Local Distribution Utilities
Small:                       Entergy Gulf States (Baton Rouge, LA)        
Medium-Small:           Entergy New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
Medium-Large:           Citizens Energy Group (Indianapolis, IN)
Large:                       SourceGas (Lakewood, CO) and 
                                COMGÁS (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Very Large:               Columbia Gas of Ohio (Columbus, OH)
Mega:                       AGL Resources (Atlanta, GA)

Combination Utilities
Medium:                     Montana-Dakota Utilities (Bismarck, ND) and
                                 E. ON U.S. (Louisville, KY)
Large:                        PECO (Philadelphia, PA)      

Transmission Companies
Medium:                      Eastern Shore Natural Gas (Dover, DE) 
Large:                         TransCanada (Calgary, Alberta)

Vehicle Safety Achievement Award winners include, by category:

Local Distribution
DTE Energy – MichCon Gas (Detroit, MI) and
South Jersey Gas (Folsom, NJ)

Combination
Duke Energy (Charlotte, NC)

Transmission
ONEOK WesTex Transmission, LLC (Lubbock, TX)

Small Member Companies
Columbia Gas of Maryland (Canonsburg, PA) and
Midwestern Gas Transmission / Guardian Pipeline (Channahon, IL)

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The American Gas Association, 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 94 percent — over 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.

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