Lincoln County (LincUP) Community Advisory Panel
LincUP provides open dialogue on health, safety and environmental issues between representatives of the community and Union Pacific Railroad to promote awareness and understanding for mutual benefit. For a complete listing of members, see 2013 LincUP Panelists.
Contact the LincUP Facilitator, Lorre McKeone.
Minutes of Meeting: November 25, 2013
Present: Larry Campbell, Scott Castillo, Erik Erickson, Rich Hoaglund, Cory Johanson, Orville Kaschke, Dwight Livingston, Sue Mulligan, Senko Pecavaric, June Robinson, Gary Smith, Shelly Taylor, Dennis Thompson, Don Weber, Will Winchester, Glynn Wolar. Facilitator: Lorre McKeone.
Guests: Jeff Barner, Lance Polk, Pat Leahy.
Absent: Marcia Bauman, Ron Bourne, Judy Clark, Dan Czech, Bruce Dodson, Jim Falcon, Dan Guenthner, Cindy Halligan, Glenn Johnson, Kim Keeling, Bryan Robinson, Kathy Swain
The facilitator welcomed guests Jeff Barner (UP-speaker), Pat Leahy (Operation Lifesaver) and Lance Polk (First National Bank). A calendar of meetings for 2014 was distributed with a reminder that there will be no meeting in December. In January, we will brainstorm meeting topics for 2014, set up new committees and provide an overview of LincUP for new members joining the panel.
The following people have agreed to serve on the LincUP panel in the coming year:
- Sally Brecks, West Central District Health Dept., Replacing: Medical Marcia Baumann
- Gordon Peeks, North Platte High School, Replacing: Schools Will Winchester
- Lance Polk, First National Bank, Replacing: Banking/Finance Cory Johanson
- Kyle Shepherd, Red Cross Board, Replacing: Red Cross Shelley Penner
- Donna Fair, Donna's Office, Replacing: Homeowners Orville Kaschke
The facilitator will check with Neil Dertz (Municipal Light and Water) about filling the Government position, and Jerry Wilson, about the Retired or Civic/Service Club position.
Rich Hoaglund had a good reception to his Shelter in Place presentation at the November Business and Professional Women luncheon. He is scheduled to do another presentation at Regency Retirement facility.
Public Comment: No comments.
Community Roundtable: No announcements.
Erik Erickson, reported that currently no employees at Bailey Yard are on furlough or auxiliary work status. The North Platte Service Unit plans to hire 8 trainmen. The mechanical department is training 12 new employees. Service Unit velocity stands at 21 mph. A surge in grain shipments allowed UP to move some locomotives out of storage. Car loadings are up about 5% despite lower coal traffic due to increased shipments of sand for drilling, autos, grain and intermodal traffic.
Pat Leahy, the Operation Lifesaver representative, reported 2013 has been a tough year with higher than normal crossing accidents. More farm vehicles have been involved this year and inattention often is a contributing factor. Strategies planned for 2014 to reduce accidents include:
- Ask the Department of Motor Vehicles to add a question to the driving test about signs at rail crossings with phone numbers to alert UP of stalled vehicles on the tracks,
- Posters in ag communities,
- A new crash car showing damage to vehicles in collisions with trains,
- Traveling electronic billboards located near problem crossings,
- Radio ad campaign.
Meeting Topic - Total Safety Culture – Jeff Barner, Service Unit Coordinator, Union Pacific
Erik Erickson, director - Transportation Services, Bailey Yard, commented on Union Pacific's current management approach designed to give employees a more active role in safety programs using peer to peer observations. Erik introduced Jeff Barner, a Service Unit Coordinator for UP's Total Safety Culture program in the North Platte Service Unit.
Jeff shared that Total Safety Culture training begins with getting to know each worker better - name, work location, job/craft, history, hobbies and personal information. Workers need to personally know and care about what happens to their co-workers for trust to be built in a system requiring cooperative efforts to improve safety. Knowing personal details helps everyone appreciate the impact on families, loved ones and co-workers if a worker was suddenly out of the picture. Developing a safety culture requires continual attention to three elements:
- PERSON - the attitudes, knowledge, skills, abilities, motives and personality of workers on the job
- ENVIRONMENT - equipment, tools, machines, climate and management systems
- BEHAVIOR - wearing personal protective equipment, lifting properly, following procedures, locking out power, cleaning up spills, coaching peers.
90% of all companies in the United States invest 100% of safety resources in environmental efforts. However, changes in attitudes and behaviors are what often leads to more significant and lasting safety improvement.
The focus of Total Safety Culture is to identify risks before injuries occur, including at-risk attitudes (issues with supervisors or family, fatigue, drugs/alcohol, heath or financial concerns, system management, etc.) and at-risk behaviors (like texting or talking on the phone). These attitudes and behaviors can lead to "near misses" where an adverse event occurs but no one gets hurt and those involved don't talk about it. If risk factors persist they may lead to serious injuries or even fatalities.
To proactively address risks, a Total Safety Culture encourages peer to peer observations and feedback. Steps involved:
- One worker asks to observe another. If the request is refused the observation ends.
- If a co-worker agrees to be observed, the observer uses a checklist to note safe and at-risk behavior, communication, body positioning and use of vehicles. The emphasis is on safe vs. unsafe rather than on rules broken.
- The observing worker coaches the co-worker he watched by reviewing safe and at-risk behaviors. The checklist is then given to the observed employee.
- The observed worker's name is NOT written on the checklist and he/she can choose to discard the card or put it in the collection box.
- Data from cards is used to identify trends and unsafe areas. Any worker at any level can observe any other employee. Managers are required to complete a certain number of field training exercises and often use TSC observations to do so.
Data from accumulated observation cards is analyzed using the following process:
- D = Define behavior to target
For example: workers are walking too close to the Red Zone near equipment
- O = Observe the coworker to see what specific behaviors needs improvement
Narrow down whether this is occurring in specific areas or jobs
- I = Intervene to influence targeted behaviors
Ask for ideas from workers and help with solutions that will address core issues. How will we increase knowledge about this risk and impact behaviors in a positive way?
- T - Test to measure effectiveness of the intervention(s)
Use a targeted observation card to see if there has been improvement in the defined behavior.
Total Safety Culture has gained strong support from management, unions and employees, because it is employee owned and empowered, data driven and engages workers in safety efforts through voluntary observation and feedback. Safety results have been very positive, with reportable incidents steadily dropping from 53 in 2008 to 13 in 2013.
Five members completed their three-year term on the LincUP panel and were recognized and thanked for their involvement. Each shared their personal appreciation for the valuable experience of serving on the panel.
Three-year member recognition certificates were awarded to Will Winchester, Don Weber, Larry Campbell, Orville Kaschke and Cory Johanson.
Summary and Strategy
Next meeting: 5:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
Location: North Platte Community College, North Campus student lounge
Meeting Topic: Year-end update from UP managers, LincUP Overview, Brainstorming topics for 2014
Student Lounge, North Campus, North Platte Community College
1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte
|5:15 p.m.||Call to order
Public Comment Period
|5:25 p.m.||Announcements and Introductions|
|5:30 p.m.||Community Round Table|
|5:35 p.m.||UP Report
|5:40 p.m.||Meeting Topic|
|6:30 p.m.||Supper Break|
|7:00 p.m.||Committee Meetings|
|7:20 p.m.||Summary and Strategy
Plan for Next Meeting