Linde North America has been recognised by the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) for excellence in safety and environmental performance in 2008, with a prestigious award.

The CGA presented its prestigious Fleet Safety and Environmental Excellence awards to Linde North America at its annual meeting last month, recognition of the company’s strong safety record.

“We are honoured to receive these awards,” said Pat Murphy, President of Linde North America.

“There are no greater achievements in the industrial gases industry than to be recognised for excellence in safety and preservation of the environment.”

For the fourth consecutive year, Linde received the CGA’s Fleet Safety award for the safe driving of its cylinder trucks in the over 3 million-mile category. This award is given by the industry trade group to a member company with the lowest frequency rate of vehicle accidents per miles driven.

The Environmental Excellence award is presented to a CGA member company that demonstrates environmental excellence through environmental accomplishments. Linde North America’s Carson, California, air separation plant received the award for bio-remediation of ammonia.

Meanwhile, Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. (MTG) also cleaned-up at the awards and was presented with the Environmental Recognition Award from the CGA for its Cylinder Recycle Project - managed by Joe Barnett, Vice President of Safety Engineering for MTG.

MTG worked jointly with environmental contractors to develop a method to remove residual toxic gas from cylinders which are no longer in service.

This residual gas is reclaimed and sold into secondary markets, for which such reclaimed gases are acceptable. MTG has reclaimed gas from over 10,000 out-of-service cylinders.