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    Conoco again tops API's ranking of safest energy companies.

    HOUSTON -- Conoco Inc. was named the safest major energy company in the United States, according to data compiled by the American Petroleum Institute (API) in its annual survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in the Petroleum Industry.

    "Conoco's total recordable injury rate of 0.6 injuries or illnesses per 100 employees in the United States is more than twice as safe as the average of all companies that reported safety statistics to the API last year," said Dennis Parker, vice president for Safety, Health and Environment.

    This is the fifth year in a row -- and the 17th time in the past 23 years -- that Conoco has led its industry in employee safety.

    "Conoco has reached this exceptional level of care because employees take personal accountability for their own safety and that of their co-workers," said Archie Dunham, Conoco chairman, president and CEO. "In 2001, Conoco took giant steps to grow its business, yet employees did not lose their focus on safety -- 60 percent of Conoco's 52 business and administrative reporting units achieved the goal of zero recordable employee injuries."

    Conoco also ranked number-one in the API's third survey of the industry's safety performance outside the United States.

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