Chantilly, VA – The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) and the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) announced the winners of the inaugural CGA/GAWDA Distributor Safety Award at GAWDA’s 68th Annual Convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Winners will also be recognized at the CGA 2013 Annual Meeting.

Sponsored by Compressed Gas Association and the Gases and Welding Distributors Association this annual awards program was initiated to honor GAWDA Distributor member companies that have shown the greatest improvement in safety performance during the previous two years and is based upon the total recordable case incidence rates as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“We initiated this award to recognize companies such as these whose dedication to improve their individual safety records continues to strengthen the safety record of our entire industry,” says Michael Tiller, CGA’s president and CEO.

  • More than 100,000 Employee Exposure Hours: Coastal Welding Supply, Inc., Beaumont, Texas
  • 100,000 of Fewer Employee Exposure Hours: Willard C. Starcher, Inc., Spencer, West Virginia

About the Compressed Gas Association
Since 1913, the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) has been dedicated to the safe manufacture, transportation, storage, transfilling, and disposal of industrial and medical gases and their containers. CGA represents member companies that provide engineering and scientific expertise necessary to develop consensus safety standards; provide safety information and warnings about the chemical or physical properties of gases and their containers; and provide technical training and education. CGA is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited Standards Developing Organization and works directly with Federal, State and Provincial agencies and fire code officials to promote safe and responsible practices and regulations. For more information, visit

About the Gases and Welding Distributors Association
The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA), founded in 1946, is dedicated to the safe operations and economic vitality of independent distributors of industrial, specialty, medical, and food gases and related equipment. GAWDA actively provides its members with training and educational materials that promote safe operations and regulatory compliance. GAWDA participates actively with CGA and supports its activities to create and promote responsible regulations and standards for the industry.