The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) proudly recognizes the recipients of the 2020 Safety Awards for Excellence (SAFE). CGA member organizations recognized this year are Enbridge Gas Inc., EPCOR, Énergir, SaskEnergy, Heritage Gas, Liberty Utilities, Pacific Northern Gas, and Gazifère. The SAFE awards are presented annually at CGA’s Operations, Engineering, Integrity and Construction Conference (OEIC Conference) to individuals or groups who demonstrate outstanding dedication to safety.
Enbridge Gas Inc. was awarded the Worker Safety Award for its “Struck by” video series. The three-part video series highlights different risks involved while working in the field. The videos were produced to re-create incidents experienced at Enbridge and can be used to educate workers of the risks and essential prevention strategies. Énergir, Federation of AB Gas Co-ops, and FortisBC Inc. received Certificates of Recognition under the category of Worker Safety.
The Public Safety Award was presented to Mark Tribe for his 17 years of dedicated service to the industry. Tribe is a Senior Gas Technician Fitter 1 and Emergency Coordinator at EPCOR. His commitment to creating a culture of safety has had a positive impact at EPCOR. He is a role model and his actions towards safety have resulted in a safer workplace and community.
Robert Rousseau of Énergir and Randy Greggains of SaskEnergy were both presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Rousseau and Greggains are recognized by their peers as leaders in workplace health and safety. Rousseau, in his career of over 20 years, has led by example to encourage colleagues to adopt safer workplace practices and behaviours. Greggains’ career has also spanned over 20 years and he has played an instrumental role on SaskEnergy’s executive team and various committees, promoting a culture of safety at the workplace. Greggains has also led a number of important safety initiatives for SaskEnergy, including the development of its Competency Assessment Plan (CAP).
EPCOR, Heritage Gas, Liberty Utilities, and Pacific Northern Gas all received the Corporate Safety Award for Employee Safety in recognition of their perfect employee safety scores. Gazifère received the Corporate Safety Award for Vehicular Safety. This award is provided in recognition of the utility’s track record for reducing vehicle damages over the past year.
“Safety is the top priority of the natural gas delivery industry and it’s a commitment we all take very seriously,” said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO, CGA. “Our members demonstrate excellent leadership in safety and the Safety Awards acknowledge their achievements in this area. On behalf of the Canadian Gas Association, I congratulate the organizations and individuals who were recognized with awards today.”
The natural gas delivery industry is committed to the safe, secure, reliable and resilient supply of natural gas to its customers across Canada. Our delivery systems are designed, built, operated and maintained to the highest codes and standards in Canada and our industry is focused on an approach of continuous improvement and enhancement to address the needs and expectations of our customers, the public and our workers. The Safety Leadership Awards mark significant milestones in the natural gas industry’s approach to health and safety excellence.
About the SAFE Awards
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) Safety Awards for Excellence are intended to honour significant examples of the natural gas industry’s dedication to safety management. Through engagement in the awards program, member utilities have an opportunity to gain recognition at the corporate and individual level for their work, and through that recognition, to inspire a culture of continuous improvement in safety for employees, contractors, customers and the public at large.
The Canadian Gas Association is the voice of Canada’s natural gas delivery industry. Its membership includes natural gas distribution and transmission companies, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers to the industry. Our utility members are active in eight provinces and one territory and meet 35 per cent of Canadians’ energy needs through a network of over 566,000 kilometres of underground infrastructure. This infrastructure can also be used to deliver renewable gases including renewable natural gas and hydrogen, in order to contribute to Canada’s greenhouse gas emission reductions. Today, over 7.2 million customer locations representing approximately two-thirds of Canadians, rely on natural gas for clean, affordable and reliable heating and power.
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Canadian Gas Association
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