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Sunday, May 12, 2013

UP, GATX host ethanol safety conference

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Hands-on safety training was a key feature at Union Pacific’s recent ethanol rail safety conference. Approximately 90 participants representing more than 15 ethanol shippers traveled from a 500-mile radius to participate. Joined by equipment supplier GATX, UP educated customers on the railroad’s safety and security measures.

Key focus areas included:

• Non-accident release reduction.

• Emergency response techniques.

• Safe loading and unloading procedures.

“Strong attendance at the ethanol rail safety conference is a clear indication that our customers share Union Pacific’s commitment to safety and understand the direct correlation between safe operations and exceptional service,” said Union Pacific Vice President and General Manager-Agricultural Products Paul Hammes. “To provide the utmost value to conference participants, we collaborated with world-class instructors, using state-of-the-art training tools.”

GATX provided a tank car for the training session that demonstrated safe practices for transferring ethanol to tank cars. The conference also featured a panel discussion with industry safety experts, including representatives from UP, the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition, and the Federal Railroad Administration.