A deteriorated pipeline was found to be the cause of deadly 2011 gas explosion and subsequent fire that leveled an entire Allentown block and killed five. UGI Utilities Inc., the Reading-based company, aims to hire a 100 plus new workers and spend $1.2 billion over the next years to fix this issue.
The infrastructure upgrade will involve replacing cast iron and bare steel pipelines with more modern day and contemporary materials. Additional help is also needed to bring new customers service by extending gas pipelines to their homes, businesses, schools, and fleet parking lots.
Potential employees will be recruited from local trade and technical schools by UGI’s Human Resources working in conjunction with organizations such as Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) for identifying the best people available for the job. Along with the field work, there will also be training,supervisory and management positions created too.
Everyone hired will go through an extensive training program that will not only meet UGI’s standards, but also the rigorous requirements of regulatory agencies such as the US Dept. of Transportation (USDoT) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).