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Union Pacific safest U.S. railroad for third consecutive year

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Union Pacific became the safest U.S. Class 1 railroad in employee safety for the third consecutive year.

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The top-performing railroad had a 0.79 reportable injury rate in 2017, according to Federal Railroad Administration data. A railroad’s reportable injury rate represents total number of injuries reported per 200,000 employee work hours.

“Being the safest railroad for the third consecutive year reflects our employees’ consistent dedication to keeping each other safe,” said Rod Doerr, Union Pacific vice president and chief safety officer.

“Our work isn’t finished and we will continue focusing on eliminating risks to accomplish our ultimate goal of operating in an incident-free environment.”

Union Pacific’s employee-driven safety initiatives include Courage to Care, a voluntary commitment empowering employees to look out for their peers and “stop the line” on operations that could result in an incident.

wice annually, the company stops work system-wide to hold safety stand downs, giving employees an opportunity to have candid discussions and share experiences to learn from each other.

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