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(Archived) Praxair Tops Safety Categories

DANBURY, CT, April 15, 2008 — Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) has received two prestigious awards from the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) for its outstanding safety performance in 2007.

Praxair’s North American bulk gas business unit received the CGA’s Fleet Safety Excellence Award for having the lowest total vehicle accident frequency rate in the most-miles-driven category (over 20 million miles).

“Our success reflects our rigorous driver training and application of advanced systems in our vehicles, such as roll stability control,” said Praxair’s North American Industrial Gases Safety and Environmental Services Director Jacques Perras. “We’ve used Six Sigma methodology to identify the important contributing factors to accidents and have developed comprehensive programs to continuously improve performance.”

Achieving its best-ever worldwide personnel safety record in 2007, Praxair also received the Association’s Leonard Parker Pool Award in the most-hours-worked category (over five million employee exposure hours). The award goes to member companies which showed the greatest improvement in safety performance during the previous two years, based upon the total recordable case incidence rates as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“This recognition confirms the success of our safety initiatives, such as our safety discovery program, safety leadership training and safety commitment day programs. These and other efforts implemented by our employees have further strengthened our focus on safety and helped ensure our vigorous operational discipline is applied to it,” noted Chris Wilson, director, Safety and Environmental Services.

Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2007 sales of $9.4 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies bring productivity and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others. More information on Praxair is available on the Internet at


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