CMS Panhandle received the award because it achieved the lowest injury rate among the nation's large-sized transmission companies in the year 2000.
"The award demonstrates the company's commitment to safety for our employees and the public," said Jeryl Mohn, senior vice president of operations and capacity management for CMS Panhandle, who accepted the award at the AGA 2001 Operations Conference in Dallas. "CMS Panhandle's goal is to provide a safe working environment for our employees and to operate a safe pipeline for the public. This award is a direct result of our employees' leadership in making safety an integral part of every day's activity."
CMS Panhandle's 1,100 employees had only one personal injury accident that resulted in an employee staying off the job in 2000. The company logged 2.6 million hours of employees working safely last year.
To reinforce its commitment to being a safety leader in the pipeline industry, CMS Panhandle embarked on a renewed focus to increase safety leadership two years ago. "We recognized that most of our employees were already providing sound safety leadership and we needed to expand their effectiveness to all employees," Mohn said. That program is now being adopted by other U.S. pipeline companies.
Under the program, CMS Panhandle formed a Safety Advisory Committee comprised of a cross-section of employees who identified 10 values that govern the way employees and the company must function in order to be accident free. These values include demonstrating an intolerance of at-risk behavior, making safety a part of every job, expecting the same safety performance from contractors and emphasizing the importance of personal wellness. Then employees at each of the 50 locations along the company's almost 11,000 miles of pipeline evaluated their performance using these Safety Values to determine where their strengths were and where they could improve. The employees then developed a written plan showing how they were going to improve and creating goals that measured that improvement.
"This program gave the employees at each location the opportunity to personalize safety and use their own initiative for improving it," Mohn said. "Improving safety through individual commitment has been very successful and it then reflects on the entire company. I'm very proud of our employees' accomplishment and their constant desire to improve."
CMS Panhandle Pipe Line Companies, which include CMS Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, CMS Trunkline Gas Company, CMS Trunkline LNG Company and CMS Sea Robin Pipeline Company, operate almost 11,000 miles of mainline natural gas pipeline extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the Midwest and Canada. These pipelines access the major natural gas supply regions of the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coasts as well as the Midcontinent and Rocky Mountains. The pipelines have a combined peak day delivery capacity of 5.4 billion cubic feet per day, 88 billion cubic feet of underground storage facilities and 6.3 billion cubic feet of above ground liquid storage facilities.
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