Union Pacific's Wichita Service Unit Employees Help Company Improve Public Safety Performance in 2013
Omaha, Neb., January 30, 2014
Union Pacific Railroad improved its public safety incident rate in 2013, demonstrating progress in enhancing safety for employees, customers and communities. The company's 2013 public safety incident rate was 2.22, a 7 percent improvement over the 2012 rate of 2.38.
Union Pacific's Wichita Service Unit achieved a 54 percent improvement in 2013 compared to 2012 with a public safety incident rate of 1.81. The Wichita Service Unit has nearly 1,000 employees and is made up of up of more than 1,100 miles of track in eastern and south central Kansas, central and eastern Oklahoma and west central Arkansas.
Railroad public safety incident rates measure the total number of Federal Railroad Administration reportable crossing accidents per million train miles.
Union Pacific's integrated railroad safety outreach, enforcement and education efforts, and a paid advertising railroad safety campaign contributed to increased driver awareness and the reduction in public safety incidents.
"Improvements in public safety lead to safer operations for employees and communities, and greater reliability for our customers," said Bob Grimaila, vice president of Safety, Security and Environment at Union Pacific. "Though our public safety metric improved in 2013, the goal is always zero incidents, and by engaging employees and communities in railroad safety efforts, we move closer to this goal."
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2007-2013, Union Pacific invested more than $21.6 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.
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