Safe Practices, Operating Rule Compliance, and Derailment Rates Improve at Union Pacific Yards with STEEL Process A Risk Reduction Approach to Safety

After the success of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Human Factors Program demonstration project at Union Pacific (UP) Railroads San Antonio Service Unit (SASU), which focused on managers and road crews with a proactive safety risk reduction method called Clear Signal for Action (CSA), the Livonia Service Unit (LVSU) applied the same method to managers and switching-yard crews in Spring 2006, hoping to improve safety and safety culture. The LVSU project, entitled Safety Through Employees Exercising Leadership (STEEL), has focused mostly on the Avondale Yard. CSA combines behavior-based safety, continuous improvement, and safety leadership. With sponsorship from FRA, Behavioral Science Technology Inc. is instructing and advising on the implementation of STEEL. In addition to sponsoring the CSA implementation, FRA is sponsoring a lessons-learned team (LLT) to examine what is necessary to implement CSA successfully, the impact on safety, and what factors help to sustain it. The impact of STEEL on switching-yard crew practices is evaluated in this paper from four sources of data: (1) sampling data collected by workers as part of STEEL, (2) field training exercise (FTX) test results, (3) perceptions of workers and managers as reported in interviews, and (4) human factor derailments.


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  • Accession Number: 01142530
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-RR09-08
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 26 2009 11:12AM