OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Pacific achieved its best annual employee-safety rate in 2016, marking the safest year in its 154-year history. The employee reportable injury rate is measured by injuries for every 200,000 employee hours worked. The company's employee reportable injury rate declined 14 percent from 0.87 in 2015 to 0.75 in 2016.
"Union Pacific's employees achieved an incredible milestone reflecting their dedication to operating safely in work areas and the communities we serve," said Rod Doerr, Union Pacific vice president – Safety. "This unrelenting focus ensures everyone goes home safely as we work toward our ultimate goal of zero accidents."
The company also made safety gains with an approximately 3 percent improvement in its 2016 derailment rate compared with 2015. The reportable rail equipment incident rate per million train miles dropped from 3.10 in 2015 to 3.02 in 2016.
Union Pacific employs a variety of safety and risk mitigation activities, including the Courage to Care personal commitment which empowers employees to look out for their peers and "stop the line" on any operation that could result in an incident. The company also occasionally pauses system wide operations for safety stand-downs, during which employees have candid safety discussions and share experiences to learn from each other.
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 2007-2016, Union Pacific invested approximately $34 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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