2015 ASSE Triangle Award Recipient Is John Teague

ASSE, in cooperation with OSHA, is pleased to announce John Teague is the recipient of the third annual ASSE Triangle Award for Heroic Dedication. Teague is the safety manager, Department of Transportation and OSHA compliance officer at Hughes Oilfield Transportation in Odessa, TX, overseeing 150 trucks and drivers each day. He serves on the Board of Directors of the West Texas Safety Training Center and is a member of ASSE’s Permian Basin Chapter.

As safety manager, Teague has implemented extensive 2-day training that all prospective drivers must complete before being allowed to drive. He also conducts field audits on all drivers and equipment and performs driving tests and ride alongs.

Thanks to Teague’s efforts, Hughes has received a safety award from Texas Mutual for the past 2 years. Teague’s passion for safe driving extends beyond the workplace. Following the tragic death of his son Dustin in 2010 in an auto crash caused by distracted driving, Teague has worked diligently to raise awareness of the serious dangers of distracted driving.

He and his wife Shannon have traveled across Texas sharing their personal tragedy to highlight the real risks and potential deadly consequences of distracted driving. The couple leads a support group, the Compassionate Friends of West Texas, for Odessa-area parents who have also lost a child, and they frequently organize distracted driving events.

In February 2015, the couple lobbied the Texas General Assembly to pass a law to ban the use of cell phones while driving. They also spoke at the West Texas Safety Training Center’s annual meeting last year and at the Atmos Energy Managers meeting. Teague has also spoken on this topic at the monthly meetings of the Permian Basin Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network.

Given in honor of the 146 victims of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City, the award honors an occupational safety, health and environmental professional for outstanding, heroic dedication to the profession and its practice as it relates to preserving life and/or preventing the significant loss of property.