Wednesday, January 25, 2012

UP posts record low employee injury rate

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

Union Pacific Railroad employees achieved a record low 1.15 reportable injury rate in 2011, the best performance on record in the company's 150-year history, according to a UP announcement Tuesday.

"Employees surpassed their previous best rate of 1.37, established in 2010, by 16.5%. From 2002-2011, Union Pacific employees improved their reportable injury rate by 525," said the railroad.

This rate is the total number of injuries reportable to the Federal Railroad Administration per 200,000 worker hours, which is equivalent to 100 employees working a full year.

"Our Total Safety Culture initiative and identifying and standardizing best practices are important factors in our safety performance improvement," said Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific vice president-Safety, Security and Environment. "Employees participating in Total Safety Culture combine teamwork and best practices as we strive to achieve our ultimate goal of zero incidents or injuries."