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October 30, 2012 > PG&E Fremont employees donate company award

PG&E Fremont employees donate company award

Submitted By Tamar Sarkissian

Pacific Gas and Electric Company employees in Fremont have chosen the Regional Center of the East Bay to receive a $5,000 grant. This is a reward given to these employees from the utility for outstanding workplace safety performance.

The 29-person Gas and Electric Metering Services group has accumulated 990 consecutive days without a lost workday case and have formed a Safety Action Team led by union employees.

Team manager, Tom Gomez, who has been with PG&E for 41 years, speaks with first-hand knowledge about the evolution of safety culture in his group. "We were pivotal to introducing safety practices that were revolutionary when we brought them out in the 1980s," he said, including industrial ergonomics and the Stretch and Flex program.

The team chose to donate its prize money to the Regional Center of the East Bay, which helps individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism.

"One of our employees' relatives recently used this nonprofit," Gomez said. "They were able to quickly receive an assessment and begin therapy sessions. Early diagnosis and intervention can have positive impacts on the child."

Each year, PG&E selects employees to receive the Shermer L. Sibley Safety and Health Award for their outstanding contributions to public and employee safety. Part of the award is a $5,000 grant for the nonprofit of the honored employees' choice.

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