Tuesday, May 18, 2010

UP’s Willie Sandoval, a boilermaker, wins Hammond Award

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Union Pacific’s employee records show Willie Sandoval to be a boilermaker in a locomotive shop in Fort Worth, Texas. UP Chairman, President and CEO Jim Young knows Sandoval to be also “a teacher, coach and mentor who consistently demonstrates outstanding safety practices and a willingness to share his knowledge with others.”

Nominated by Young, Sandoval was honored in Washington May 18 as the 2009 winner of the Harold F. Hammond Award, which is given annually to a railroad worker who has demonstrated outstanding safety achievement during the preceding year.

In nominating Sandoval, Young described his contributions to safety in the locomotive shop that have helped the group sustain a sub 1.0 reportable rate since 1998, with injury-free years in 2003 and 2007. As the shop'’s peer trainer, Sandoval helped develop the railroad’s Argon Gas Welding Training and led the Job Safety Analysis for boilermaker’s work.

The award is named after the former president of the Transportation Association of America, who served many years as chairman of the selection committee for the Harriman Awards, which recognize railroads for outstanding safety records.

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