Thursday, June 15, 2017

ASLRRA names annual Jake Award railroads

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The Jake Awards are named after short line safety proponent Jake Jacobson, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Copper Basin Railway. The Jake Awards are named after short line safety proponent Jake Jacobson, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Copper Basin Railway. ASLRRA

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association announced the 308 railroad recipients of its annual Jake Awards, recognizing above-industry average safety performance in 2016.

To be honored, an ASLRRA member railroad must perform better than the Class 2 and 3 industry average injury frequency rate as reported by the Federal Railroad Administration during the prior year.

Of the 2016 winners, 272 railroads will be honored with a Jake with Distinction designation, recognizing their FRA reportable injury-free performance in 2016.

“Our short line members place a high premium on running safe operations. The Jake Awards recognize the significant number of our member railroads who perform better than industry average with respect to injury frequency – with nearly 90% of our Jake Award recipients performing injury-free on an annual basis,” said Linda Bauer Darr, President of ASLRRA. “The Short Line Safety Institute is assisting in these efforts by addressing not only the compliance aspect of safety, but the people side of safety, or safety culture, working to continuously improve the safety record of the short line industry.”

The awards will be presented at each of ASLRRA’s regional meetings this fall. Also, six member railroads in each region will be honored with the President’s Award for the best safety performance based on operation man-hours in 2016.

The Jake Awards are named for Lowell S. “Jake” Jacobson, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Copper Basin Railway. The award was first presented in 1995, and the organization distributed more than 5,000 Jake and Jake with Distinction Awards to America’s small railroad community.

Click here to see the Jake Award winners by region: East, South, Central, Pacific

 

 

 

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