Meet the 2004 America's Safest Companies

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Anheuser-Busch Inc., St. Louis, Mo.: Beer, flavored alcoholic beverages and energy drinks; 13,000 employees at 12 breweries.

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"Our EHS vision incorporates five elements: an accident-free workplace;
zero personal injuries outside of work; environmental excellence and
stewardship; a healthy and physically fit work force; and protecting our
employees and products from industrial security risks."

DeFabCo Inc., Columbus, Ohio: Industrial contractor; 50 workers at one location. "Safety is everyone's responsibility and safety rules must be observed and enforced. Violations of safety rules will not be tolerated, regardless of one's position within the company."

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Denark Construction Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.: Construction; 100 workers. "Denark believes that its employees are its greatest asset. In implementing a safety program, everyone must buy in and agree to the safety culture."

DSM Desotech Inc., Elgin, Ill.: Specialty chemical manufacturer; 300 employees at four sites. "All accidents can be prevented ... we set all main indicators at zero to send a clear message that we do not want any incidents."

Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth, Texas: Helicopters and vertical lift rotorcraft; 8,000 employees at 12 locations.

"Excellent EHS performance is good for business."

Energy Northwest, Richland, Wash.: Electricity; Over 1,000 employees at four power generating plants. "Core values are the beliefs that guide our daily activities. We believe that the application of these values is essential to our success: teamwork, excellence, accountability and mutual respect and trust achieved through open, honest communication."

Freudenberg-NOK, Plymouth, Mich.: Automotive sealing and noise, vibration and harshness products; 5,600 employees at 37 facilities in North America.

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"We realize there isn't a 'silver bullet' in accident prevention and
safety must be driven from the top-down in an organization."

Ford, Bacon & Davis, Baton Rouge, La.: Chemical engineering and procurement company; 450 employees at five offices and 25 worksites. "FB & D employees are empowered to halt or call to a halt any activity that they feel poses a danger to their own or a fellow employees health and/or safety."

L'Oreal USA, New York, NY: Beauty care products; 8,000 employees at eight manufacturing sites, seven distribution centers and five R & D facilities.

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"L'Oreal views excellence in employee safety and well-being as a source
of competitive advantage. …