The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) and the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) have announced the winners of the inaugural CGA/GAWDA Distributor Safety Awards.

Coastal Welding Supply Inc., Beaumont, Texas won the award for companies with more than 100,000 employee exposure hours.

Willard C. Starcher Inc., Spencer, W.V., won the award for companies with 100,000 or fewer employee exposure hours.

The awards honor GAWDA distributor member companies that have shown the greatest improvement in safety performance during the previous two years, based on the total recordable case incidence rates as defined by OSHA.