Drivers at Linde’s air separation plant in Gonzales, Louisiana, competed recently in a rodeo competition with a difference – the rodeo showcased the safety skills and safe practice of drivers.

A Safety Day was held by Linde. This was a day in which the Linde staff in the Gonzales area joined all of the drivers, who were taken off the road to spend the entire time immersed in discussions and seminars on a variety of safety related issues.

The Linde rodeo, which took place the day after the Safety initiative, featured skills testing seven drivers whose daily job is to deliver liquid oxygen and nitrogen to customers in Louisiana,Texas, Mississippi, Alabama,Florida and Arkansas.

The drivers were challenged with a written test, vehicle inspection, and a seven-station driving course that included a very difficult test of skills such as backing up to precise positions and driving through very narrow lanes.

Pat Myott, Gonzales transportation manager, said: “We really put the drivers through hoops to assure they concentrate on safety. I congratulate all the drivers who participated in Safety Day and the “rodeo” and I know they walked away with a renewed focus on safety, which is one of Linde’s goals as a high performance organisation.”

“I believe everyone who attended and supported the event was a winner because it was a great experience that celebrated Linde’s most important assets — its people.”

Stated Pat Myott, Gonzales transportation manager.

“The drivers were joined by family members, who came out to offer encouragement and were also invited to operate a driver simulator which gave them an appreciation of the complexity of driving a tractor trailer.”

“This event would not have been successful without the support offered by the family members,” said Steve Jennings, head of supply-South for Linde North America.