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RADNOR, PA -- Airgas, Inc. today announced that it received two fleet safety awards from the Compressed Gas Association (CGA), the U.S. industrial and medical gas industry's standard-setting organization for the promotion of safety standards and safe practices. It was the second straight year Airgas has been awarded the two CGA Fleet Safety Awards, one for Bulk Gas Transportation in recognition of the best safety record among bulk gas fleets with more than 20 million miles driven during 2010, and one for Cylinder Gas Transportation in recognition of the best safety record among cylinder gas fleets with more than three million miles driven during 2010.
The CGA calculates its Fleet Safety awards on a CGA member's total vehicle accident frequency rate per million miles driven during the year. Two awards honor bulk gas fleets, including one for fleets with more than 20 million miles driven and one for fleets with less than 20 million miles driven. Two awards also honor cylinder gas fleets, with one for more than three million miles driven and one for less than three million miles driven.
Airgas is a three-time winner of the CGA Bulk Gas Transportation award and a four-time winner of the CGA Cylinder Gas Transportation award. Airgas has one of the largest bulk gas fleets and the largest cylinder gas fleet among CGA members.
"Safety is paramount with all of us at Airgas and we are honored for being recognized by the CGA for having the best safety record among large fleets, both bulk and cylinder gas," said Airgas Chief Executive Officer Peter McCausland. "In a year that presented us with several distractions, our drivers proved their mettle yet again by maintaining focus on safely meeting the needs of Airgas customers.
This recognition also highlights the effectiveness of the Airgas SAFECOR organization, which coordinates our safety, compliance and regulatory efforts. We are proud of our achievement and will continue to focus on working safely in our local communities and nationwide."
"Airgas has the largest fleet in the industry, and we improved on our award-winning safety record again this year," said Airgas Chief Operating Officer Mike Molinini. "Our fleet safety success is a result of effective training programs and outstanding implementation by dedicated individuals across the country, and it is all the more impressive in light of the 55 million miles we drove in the particularly demanding category of cylinder gas transportation."