EHS NewsmakersSource: NSC News Releases

The National Safety Council (NSC) today presented the 2014 Robert W. Campbell Award to Indiana-based Cummins Inc. at the NSC Congress & Expo, the world’s largest annual gathering of safety and health professionals. Campbell Award winners are an elite group of organizations committed to continuous improvement. They have successfully integrated environmental, health and safety (EHS) management with business operations as a cornerstone of corporate excellence.  

"Cummins is a true learning organization that continues to seek opportunities to strengthen its outstanding approach to safety, health and sustainability,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the NSC. “Cummins is an example of a company far along on their Journey to Safety Excellence, but whose leaders still pursue improvement.”

Live It, Lead It

Campbell Award nominees are evaluated on the organization’s EHS management system and its incorporation into business practices. According to the Campbell Award executive review committee, Cummins scored highly because its leaders commit to safety through the company’s “Live It, Lead It” program. Cummins actively engages its employees in meaningful, impactful projects in the places they live, and includes its supply chain and contractors as members of the Cummins family.

“Our work in safety is about caring for our people who work every day to help our Company succeed,” said Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO of Cummins. “The Campbell Award is terrific recognition for the Cummins employees who have made tremendous progress in the area of safety at our company. However, we know that when it comes to safety, our work is never done. There is much more to do and we will continue to be guided by our Company's mission to demand that everything we do leads to a cleaner, healthier and safer environment."

The Campbell Award is underwritten by the Exxon Mobil Corporation. It is named for Robert W. Campbell, a safety pioneer and the first president of the National Safety Council. Visit for more information.

Distinguished Service honorees

Additionally, the NSC recognized six individuals with the highest honor it bestows on safety professionals. The Distinguished Service to Safety Awards are presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding service to the field of safety and health throughout their careers.

“These 2014 award recipients are living examples of the Journey to Safety Excellence – continually working to improve safety within their respective industries,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, National Safety Council president and CEO. “Their career achievements have resulted in lives saved and injuries prevented, and their passion for safety has inspired the next generation of safety leaders.”

Receiving this year’s Distinguished Service to Safety Award are:

Thomas C. DiSalvi
Vice President of Safety and Loss Prevention
Schneider National, Inc.
Recognized for outstanding efforts within the Transportation Division

Ronald E. Kline

Safety Representative
United Auto Workers, Local 171
UAW Health & Safety Professional
Mack Truck Corporation/Volvo
Recognized for outstanding efforts within the Labor Division

David P. Kliwinski
HSE Director
Recognized for outstanding efforts within the Construction Division

Gary D. Kopps
Associate Director, Global Work & Life Safety
Deere & Company
Recognized for outstanding efforts within the Business & Industry Division

Jody Rood
American ERT
Recognized for outstanding efforts within the Utilities Division

James A. Solomon
Director, Defensive Driving Program Development & Training
National Safety Council
Recognized for outstanding efforts by the NSC Board of Directors

About Cummins Inc.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins currently employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide, and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.48 billion on sales of $17.3 billion in 2013.

About the National Safety Council

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council,, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. Safety+Health magazine, the Council’s flagship publication, is a leading source of occupational safety and health information.