Celebrating the CGA & GAWDA Distributor Safety Award Winners

October 20, 2022

Since 2011, CGA has partnered with the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) to promote a focus on safety and adherence to best practices. Participants in the Distributor Safety Program get a wide range of resources including access to CGA’s 340+ safety publications, a growing library of eLearning modules, safety posters for gas facilities and end users, and educational programs. This year, more than 100 GAWDA distributor members participated in the program, providing safety resources to over 770 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Participating distributor members are also eligible for the Distributor Safety Award, which recognizes the greatest improvement in personnel safety performance over a five-year period. The individual company data submitted by GAWDA members is kept confidential, and the aggregate results are used to monitor overall industry safety trends. In the last 10 years, participants in the Distributor Safety Program have demonstrated a significant reduction in recordable injuries as well as a decline in lost workday cases.

The award is presented in two categories based on the submitting company’s total number of employee exposure hours. The winning companies were recognized at the GAWDA Annual Convention in San Diego, California on October 8, 2022 and will also be recognized at the 2023 CGA Annual Meeting.

CGA is pleased to recognize the winners of the 2021 Distributor Safety Award for their commitment to improving industry safety. Our congratulations go to:

100,000 or Fewer Employee Exposure Hours
Badger Welding Supplies Inc.

More than 100,000 Employee Exposure Hours
Industrial Source

“I am proud to accept this safety award on behalf of Badger Welding Supplies,” said Scott Griskavich. “I want to thank GAWDA for all the past and future help and assistance they have provided to Badger Welding Supplies.” Pam Jones, Gas Operations Manager at Industrial Source, noted that “This award represents Industrial Source’s commitment to safety in all aspects of our operations. On behalf of our entire team, thank you very much!”

We invite all GAWDA distributor members to join us as we work to continuously improve industry safety. For more information on the Distributor Safety Program, please visit https://www.gawda.org/resources/cga-subscription-program/ or email GAWDASubscription@cganet.com.

CGA & GAWDA Distributor Safety Award Winners

Year100,000 or Fewer Employee Exposure HoursMore than 100,000 Employee Exposure Hours
2021Badger Welding Supplies, Inc.Industrial Source
2020Northern Gases & Supplies, Inc.WestAir Gases & Equipment
2019Andy Oxy Company Inc.Industrial Source, Inc.
2018Willard C. Starcher, Inc.S.J. Smith Co., Inc.
2017Island Supply Welding CompanyWelders Supply Co. of Louisville
2016Liberty Supply, Inc.Weldstar
2015Spectrum Gas Products, Inc.CTR, Inc.
2014Wagner Welding SupplyCoastal Welding Supply, Inc.
2013Cryo Weld CorporationLampton Welding Supply
2012Minneapolis Oxygen Co.Melo’s Gas and Gear
2011Willard C. Starcher, Inc.Coastal Welding Supply, Inc.