APGA SAFETY CONTEST RULES Click here for a PDF of the Safety Contest Rules

All APGA public gas system members are eligible to enter this contest. Contestants shall be divided into the following groups based on the annual number of man-hours worked:

Group A = 8,000 or less man-hours
Group B = 8,001 to 18,000 man-hours
Group C = 18,001 to 38,000 man-hours
Group D = 38,001 to 70,000 man-hours
Group E = 70,001 or more man-hours

The winner of each group shall be the contestant having the lowest overall incidence rate for the contest period. This rate is determined by adding all recordable injuries and computing the incidence rate using the following formula:

Incidence Rate = Total Recordable Injuries  x  200,000  ÷  Man-Hours

If two or more contestants have equal incidence rates, they will each be presented with an award.


Option 1: For the purpose of this contest, each contestant must include the actual man-hours covering employees and supervisors on all shifts including operating, maintenance, clerical, office and all other departments of the gas utility only for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2020.

Option 2: If the actual hours are not known, you may calculate total man-hours. The estimated number of man-hours is obtained by multiplying the average number of employees by the average number of hours worked per week by the number of pay weeks per year. For example: If the average number of employees is 20 and the average number of hours worked is 40 per week for 52 weeks, the total man-hours for the year would be:  20 x 40 x 52 = 41,600.  Please note:  A 40 hour work week equals 2080 pay hours per year.


A reportable injury shall be any injury arising out of and during the course of employment which results in death, days away from work, restricted work activity or transfer to another job, or medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness.  Types of injuries or accidents used in reporting are limited to the following:

a.  Fatality: Fatality includes any death resulting from an occupational injury regardless of the length of time which elapses between the injury date and death.

b.  Injuries or Illness: The number of injury or illness cases resulting in employee being placed on restricted work activity or transfer to another job, receiving medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness.


The APGA Safety Contest utilizes the same reporting requirements as Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in the OSHA 300 Log. The following extractions from OSHA reporting regulation §1904.7 are also applicable to the APGA Safety Contest and can be found here.