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Texaco Press Release - Texaco Achieves Five Years Without a Lost Time Incident

FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2001

ABERDEEN, UK, May 24 - Illustrating a commitment to achieving a high level of safety performance worldwide, Texaco today announced that its Aberdeen warehouse achieved five years without a lost time incident in April 2001.

Kevin Malone, Texaco's Business Services Manager, who oversees the warehouse operation in Aberdeen, said, "A strong safety culture is central to daily operations at the warehouse. Each employee takes ownership of safety as an important issue. A philosophy that prevention is better than cure means that each staff member's personal objective is to ensure safety is constantly reviewed and improved upon.

"The safety performance at the warehouse is a great achievement for the company and is a reflection of how employee safety is an integral part of Texaco's business strategy. Regular training and reporting of incidents or near misses forms a key part of this strategy," said Malone.

With 21 employees, the warehouse handles up to 75 delivery vehicles on a busy day. The 27,000 square foot facility, which opened in 1979, houses product spares and drilling equipment for Texaco's North Sea installations.

Key to its successful safety record is an emphasis on training and re-training. In 2000, the entire warehouse team attended a safety behavioural course conducted by Du-Pont. The warehouse undergoes a monthly safety audit that is followed by meetings to establish best practice.

The warehouse's safety management system continues to evolve with a goal of maintaining a high standard of safety practices. In addition, the safety management system requires rigorous reporting of all incidents and near misses so that underlying causes can be identified and eliminated before accidents happen.

Robbie Brown, Texaco's Warehouse Team Leader, said: "Each member of the team embraces safety as an issue, it is not seen as solely a management responsibility. This safety milestone makes the team more determined and focused on maintaining an incident free workplace in the future."

Brown, who has 20 years warehouse industry experience, said: "This is one of the best warehouse safety performances I can recall in the area. It is a remarkable achievement considering the job involves heavy handling and movement of large pieces of industrial equipment."

Updated: May 2001