Linde North America’s carbon dioxide plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, US, has received an award for its excellent safety record in 2008.

The company, which is a member of The Linde Group, received the award from the Contractor Safety Council (CSC); an organisation that delivers training and site specific job safety orientation to production facilities in the Corpus Christi area.

The purpose of the accolade is to recognise and promote safety and awareness by chemical companies in the area for the care and safety of employees and communities.

Linde’s Corpus Christi plant was chosen for having an OSHA safety record of less than one accident and no lost time recordable for the whole of 2008.

David Henao, Area Supply Manager at Linde North America said, “The plant team and I are truly honoured and proud to receive this award. It recognises our day-to-day safety efforts and our total commitment to the safety of our employees and our customers.”

The Corpus Christi plant, in operation since 1979, produces 275 tons per day of carbon dioxide and employs 18 people.

The CO2 is trucked to food processors, carbonated beverage producers, welding fabricators and oilfield operators in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico.

Warren Arenz, Head of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality for Linde North America said, “The entire employee team at the Corpus Christi plant is to be congratulated for their diligence in maintaining a safe environment. Their performance exemplifies Linde’s best in class processes in safety, health, environment and security which are being well executed at the plant level.”