Focus on Safety: No Matter the Size of the Budget, the Number of Miles or Amount of Work Hours, All Railroads Share a Common Interest in Keeping Their Workers and Track Safe

This article presents a discussion of track and crew safety programs with two railroads at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of size and complexity of operations: Norfolk Southern (NAS) and Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railway (HAWKER). Norfolk Southern has 21,000 miles of track and 1,700 trains a day and still has one of the country's best safety records. It has no safety program but a series of processes that evolve with conditions. Six items guide it: all injuries can be prevented, all exposures can be safe-guarded, prevention is the responsibility of each employee, training is essential, safety is a condition of employment, and it is good business. The six-point plan is also in the field, incorporating policies and goals, education, communications, recognition, enforcement, and accident and injury investigation. Norfolk Southern has won the nation's top railroad safety award for 16 years straight. Aberdeen, Carolina, and Western, a small shortline, has won awards for railroads its size in the past five years. Every morning starts with a safety check. Employees treat all equipment well and monitor performance of potentially dangerous machinery. The article relates how a customized, cost-effective way was devised to modify under-performing safety equipment so it functioned properly.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 20-23
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01014996
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2005 6:49PM