Gold Shovel Association Welcomes PG&E Gas Leader Joe Forline to Board of Directors
The Gold Shovel Association (GSA) recently announced the
addition of Joe Forline, Senior Vice President, Gas Operations at
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), to its Board of
Directors. GSA is a nationally recognized organization committed to
improving public and workforce safety by focusing on the protection
of underground infrastructure.
“There is absolutely nothing more important to me than safety.
One of the key areas of focus for customer and contractor safety is
around excavation and safe digging practices. I am honored to
represent PG&E on the Board of Directors for the Gold Shovel
Association. It is an opportunity to collaborate with industry
colleagues on raising awareness around the Gold Shovel Standard and
identifying new ways to promote safety,” said Joe Forline.
The Gold Shovel Standard is a leading safety program across
North America, with a growing membership that includes some of the
largest telecom companies, gas and electric utilities, pipeline
operators and municipalities.
With over 35 years of utility industry experience, Forline will
serve as the PG&E representative on the GSA Board. PG&E has
established itself as a leader in pipeline damage prevention. In
2021, PG&E achieved top decile industry performance in damage
prevention by reducing gas dig-ins and raising public and
contractor awareness of safe digging practices.
“We are very pleased to welcome Joe to the Gold Shovel
Association Board of Directors. Joe's deep experience in the gas
industry and his commitment to improving damage prevention programs
will benefit GSA and its member companies," said Josh Hinrichs, GSA
board chair and president of UtiliSource LLC.
Forline oversees the daily operations of PG&E’s gas
transmission and distribution systems, including all maintenance,
leak management, field services, storage operations, compression,
emergency dispatch and response, damage prevention and corrosion
operation to help ensure the integrity and safety of PG&E’s gas
Prior to joining PG&E in 2021, Forline served as Vice
President of Gas Operations for Public Service Enterprise Group
Inc. (PSEG), New Jersey's largest provider of electric and natural
About Gold Shovel Association
Gold Shovel Association (GSA) is committed to improving
workforce and public safety and the integrity of vital buried
infrastructure. With its Gold Shovel Standard (GSS), it believes
that greater transparency in all aspects of damage prevention among
buried-asset owner/operators, excavators, locators and contractors
is essential to drive continuous improvement, and vital to ensure
increasingly safe working conditions and communities. Learn more
about Gold Shovel Standard at goldshovelstandard.org.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric
utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square
miles in Northern and Central California. For more information,
visit pge.com and pge.com/news.
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