Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Union Pacific honors safe chem shippers

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Union Pacific Railroad honored 56 companies as safe chemical shippers with its annual Pinnacle Award.

The award recognizes customers for implementing release prevention protocols, corrective action plans and having zero non-accident releases (NARs) of regulated hazardous materials shipments. The winners are based on 2016 shipments.

The Omaha-based carrier serves chemical complexes along the Gulf Coast.

“We are thrilled to recognize customers who share our passion for safely transporting chemicals and eliminating chemical releases,” said Kari Kirchhoefer, Union Pacific’s vice president and general manager – Chemicals. “Our continued collaboration ensures products arrive without incident, protecting the communities and customers we serve.”

Established about 20 years ago, the award criteria include safe-loading techniques, shipment securement and zero NARs. NAR is an unintentional hazardous material release during rail transportation not caused by an accident. The railroad said hazmat NARs declined more than 20% on its network from 2015-16 as a result of customers’ safety focus and increased inspections and training by Union Pacific’s hazardous materials safety personnel.

Click here to see the full list of winner.




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