Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced that it has been awarded two Fleet Safety Excellence Awards for 2013 by the Compressed Gas Association (CGA), the U.S. industrial, specialty and medical gas industry’s standard-setting organization for the promotion of safety standards and safe practices. The first award honored Airgas’ cylinder vehicle fleet for the fifth consecutive year; the second award recognized Airgas’ bulk vehicle fleet for the fifth time since 2005.
During a ceremony in St. Augustine, FL, on behalf of Airgas’ fleet of 5,200 professional drivers, John Anderson, Airgas’ Director of DOT Operations, accepted the Cylinder Vehicle Fleet award and Rafiq Huq, Regional Manager for Airgas Dry Ice and Carbonic, accepted the Bulk Vehicle Fleet award.
The CGA calculates its Fleet Safety awards on a CGA member company’s total vehicle accident frequency rate per million miles driven during the year. The CGA recognizes one small fleet and one large fleet in each of the Bulk Vehicle and Cylinder Vehicle categories; Airgas won the large fleet award in both categories.
“We are honored to be recognized by the CGA for having the lowest vehicle accident frequency rate among large cylinder gas and bulk fleets,” said Airgas President and CEO Michael Molinini. “Our drivers continued to raise the bar in 2013, covering more than 130 million miles while safely meeting the needs of our cylinder and bulk gas customers. Safety is of the utmost importance in our industry and the top priority for Airgas. Our drivers truly are the best in the business, and we are proud of their dedication to driving and serving our customers safely.”About Airgas, Inc. Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas is a leading U.S. producer of atmospheric gases with 16 air separation plants, a leading producer of carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest U.S. suppliers of safety products, and a leading U.S. supplier of refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. More than 15,000 employees work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also markets its products and services through e-Business, catalog and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. For more information, please visit www.airgas.com.