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Oct 19, 2010 8:17 AM by Associated Press

BP to link bonuses to safety performance

BP's new chief executive has told the oil company's employees that their performance on safety issues will be the sole measure for awarding fourth-quarter bonuses.

Chief Executive Bob Dudley said in a statement to workers that this was intended to reinforce the message that the company's top priorities are safety, compliance and operational risk management. BP is struggling to restore its image following the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP spokesman Robert Wine said Tuesday that the new bonus policy applies to employees in operational roles, who are the largest part of BP's 80,000 work force.

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