Storing and transferring millions of barrels of crude oil each month is no easy task – especially when there are only six people doing the job.
In honor of the hard and safe work of Koch Pipeline Company L.P., the company’s Cushing, Okla., terminal operations group was awarded the 2004 Small Employer Award of Excellence. This annual award is given to Oklahoman employers who demonstrate improvements in workplace safety.
“The first priority of our business is safety – the safety of our employees, neighbors and the environment,” said Tim Moore of Koch Pipeline’s Cushing operation. “We are proud to be the recipient of this prestigious award and will continue to improve our operations to build on the safety record and efficiencies we have already experienced.”
The six Koch Pipeline employees at the Cushing terminal are responsible for transferring oil that America depends on every day. The terminal is a significant part of a larger hub that acts as a center for crude oil trading, with millions of barrels flowing in from exploration and production operations and going out to refineries around the United States.
Dedication to health and safety is standard practice at Koch Pipeline. To date, the company has worked 4.2 million total hours without a lost time accident.
Another Koch Pipeline location took home the 2004 Medium Employer Award of Excellence. Koch Pipeline’s Medford, Okla., division, with more than 100 employees, was honored for its ability to trim workers’ compensation premium costs to a low $2,658 after a $58,417 spike in 2002.
Brenda Reneau Wynn, commissioner of labor, presented the awards at the Governor’s Safety and Health Conference. She hailed Oklahoma employers, both public and private, for significant improvements in health and safety over the past year.
“Effective health and safety programs involved both management and employees – and that’s good business,” said Wynn. “A culture of safety, excellence and ultimately profitability, reflects the daily work life for each of these award recipients.”