25 SHIPPERS WIN CONRAIL AWARD FOR SAFETY RECORDS

25 SHIPPERS WIN CONRAIL AWARD FOR SAFETY RECORDS

Twenty-five shippers will receive Consolidated Rail Corp.'s coveted Chairman's Transportation Quality Award for 1991.

The award, instituted by the big eastern carrier four years ago, recognizes shippers moving at least 1,000 carloads of hazardous materials via Conrail in a single year without a shipper-caused incident."Shippers play a vital role in the safe transportation of hazardous materials and this award program recognizes the commitment to safety exhibited by these companies and their employees," said James A. Hagen, Conrail's chairman, president and chief executive officer.

"Their careful attention to equipment maintenance, loading and preparation of shipments for movement contributes to our excellent safety record," he said.

Since Conrail began the award program in 1988, the number of petroleum and chemical shippers winning honors has risen from seven for 1988 to the 25 honored for 1991.

Conrail especially honored two shippers for winning the award in each of the four years since the program was started: BF Goodrich Co. of Akron, Ohio, and Hoechst Celanese Corp.'s Chemical Group in Dallas.

Donald M. Murray, BF Goodrich's director of distribution, said his company people turn in good efforts from two plants that load the hazardous materials to the half dozen plants that unload them.

Richard C. Seawright, Hoechst Celanese's traffic manager, said, "We furnish our own railcars and we make sure they're in first class shape before we load them with product and ship it."

Conrail said two shippers were three-time winners: Liquid Carbonic Corp. of Chicago, and PPG Industries Inc. of Pittsburgh. In addition, eight shippers garnered their second awards, the carrier said.

"This demonstrates the importance our customers place on safety and is a reflection of the entire industry's efforts through the 'Responsible Care' program sponsored by the Chemical Manufacturers Association," Mr. Hagen said.