Bad Soden, Germany,

Excellent: Messer awarded with safety prizes

At the beginning of June, industrial gases specialist Messer received six safety awards for exemplary work safety from the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA) in Berlin. In addition, at the end ofMay, the family company awarded the Messer Safety Award to the three safest companies in the Group.

Messer in France was honoured with the Gold EIGA Award for 20 years of accident-free working at its Creil site. The Russian subsidiary in Kaliningrad also received a Gold EIGA Safety Award for 15 years of accident-free operations. Messer’s French subsidiary in Carbon-Blanc was rewarded for ten accident-free years with the Silver Safety Award from EIGA. Messer in Hungary also received a Silver EIGA Safety Award for ten years without accidents at its Györ site. Furthermore, Messer received a Bronze EIGA Safety Award for five accident-free years at the Nyiregyhaza production site in Hungary and for its production facility in Salzgitter, Germany.“We are proud of our awards,” emphasises Stefan Messer, owner and CEO of Messer Group GmbH. In 2013, he and Chief Financial Officer Hans-Gerd Wienands jointly initiated the first internal campaign to improve work safety, combined with an annual worldwide day of action.

Messer presents its own safety award once a year. The winner of the award for best performance in Safety, Health, Environment and Quality in 2015 was Messer in Spain, followed by Messer in Hungary and Macedonia. The preconditions for the participation in the process of applying for the award were zero accidents in the last two years, zero fatal accidents in the last five years, zero accidents during transport of gases and zero accidents resulting in environmental pollution.

“The awarding of the annual safety award for outstanding work safety and exemplary safety awareness to the best Messer companies is part of Messer’s safety campaign”, said Hans-Gerd Wienands, whose responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer include Safety, Health, Environment and Quality at the family company.