Union Pacific Railroad employees achieve record safety performance

Union Pacific Railroad employees achieved the best first half of the year safety performance in the company’s nearly 150-year history.

For the period January 1 through June 30, Union Pacific’s employee reportable injury rate was 1.01, a 23% improvement vs. 2010’s record 1.31 reportable injury rate.

In addition, Union Pacific’s 0.95 employee reportable injury rate for the second quarter 2011 was the best quarterly safety performance ever and represented a 33% improvement over the 1.41 reportable injury rate from the second quarter 2010.

A company’s employee injury rate is calculated using the number of injuries per 200,000 worker hours, which is equivalent to the number of hours worked by 100 full-time employees in a year.

“Working safely is the bedrock principle of our operations,” said Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific vice president – Safety, Security and Environment.

“More employees than ever are participating in the Total Safety Culture initiative, which along with increased risk identification understanding and enhanced training played significant factors in our employees’ safety performance.

“While this is an important achievement of which all employees should be proud, we will continue to work to attain our ultimate goal of zero injuries.”

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