Published on : Friday, January 31, 2014
Union Pacific Railroad improved its public safety incident rate in 2013, demonstrating progress in enhancing safety for employees, customers and communities. The company’s 2013 public safety incident rate was 2.22, a 7 percent improvement over the 2012 rate of 2.38.Union Pacific’s Chicago Service Unit achieved a 24 percent improvement in 2013 compared to 2012 with a public safety incident rate of 2.62. The Chicago Service Unit has more than 1,700 employees and is made up of more than 675 miles of track in northern and west central Illinois and eastern Wisconsin.
Railroad public safety incident rates measure the total number of Federal Railroad Administration reportable crossing accidents per million train miles.Union Pacific’s integrated railroad safety outreach, enforcement and education efforts, and a paid advertising railroad safety campaign contributed to increased driver awareness and the reduction in public safety incidents.
“Improvements in public safety lead to safer operations for employees and communities, and greater reliability for our customers,” said Bob Grimaila, vice president of Safety, Security and Environment at Union Pacific. “Though our public safety metric improved in 2013, the goal is always zero incidents, and by engaging employees and communities in railroad safety efforts, we move closer to this goal.”
Source:-Union Pacific Rail