Koch Pipeline Co. has received the petroleum industry's top safety award for large pipeline operators.

API, an industry association based in Washington, D.C., honored Koch Pipeline for its injury-free performance in 2007 at the API Pipeline Conference held earlier this month in Orlando, Fla.

"Koch Pipeline employees are clearly dedicated to working safely," said Peter Lidiak, API's pipeline director. "An injury-free year is a testament to that commitment. What's more, our organization this year measured potential recipients against higher standards to even qualify for this award. It's evident that Koch Pipeline also raised the bar as well."

The API Occupational Safety Award is for the lowest OSHA recordable incident rate for both employers and contractors, and requires an operator to have documented safety requirements and performance criteria to be eligible for the award.

"Today's award is about the many men and women who work for Koch Pipeline Company," said company president Bob O'Hair. "Their diligence and attention to detail have resulted in many local awards, but this one, which included nearly every major pipeline company in the United States, is certainly an honor and a first for our team."

Koch Pipeline Co. employees have worked 5.3 million hours and since March 2001 with no lost-time injuries and since November 2004 with no recordable injuries. The company's employees in Texas also achieved Voluntary Protection Program Star status, becoming only the fourth pipeline-operating group in the United States to earn the prestigious designation.

Koch Pipeline Co. is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc. and operates about 4,000 miles of pipelines that transport crude oil, refined products, natural gas liquids and chemicals.