Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad’s (CSS) Transportation Department announced that its employees have achieved five straight years of injury-free performance.
It marks the first time for such an achievement in South Shore Freight’s history. The railroad reached the five-year mark on July 11, and, to celebrate the occasion, the company has planned a July 29 employee cookout and awards presentation.
This is old hand for CSS. In 2018, the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) recognized CSS with its President’s Award, in recognition of South Shore Freight’s safety achievements in 2017.
Based in Michigan City, Ind., CSS is a subsidiary of Anacostia Rail Holdings and operates 127 route miles of line providing rail freight service between Chicago and South Bend, Ind., and connecting with all Chicago railroads and serving the Port of Chicago.
“This success has created a strong sense of pride and ownership in our team. It’s how they work each and every day,” said Mike Shore, CSS, VP Operations. “This happened over time with the support of every employee, every department and every manager.”
“We’ve been consistent in our message, which begins at the top of our organization,” said Shore. “We believe in safety, and we support our teams’ commitment to doing what is right and doing what is safe. That mindset, that culture, has led us to where we are today.”
“Our Track and Mechanical Departments respond to employees and address issues either before they become a hazard, or address them as they are reported,” said Shore. “Employees recognize this support and go above and beyond to help one another in the performance of their work.”