OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Pacific Railroad's 2014 annual employee safety performance was the best in company history. Employees achieved a 0.98 reportable injury rate, surpassing the previous record established in 2012. The 0.98 reportable rate is an impressive 11 percent reduction from the 2013 reportable rate of 1.10, demonstrating a solid commitment to reducing injuries and generating progress toward the company's commitment to zero injuries.
A company's reportable injury rate is the total number of injuries reportable to the Federal Railroad Administration per 200,000 worker hours, which is equivalent to 100 employees working a full year.
"The keys to our improvements in employee safety are threefold: a commitment to risk reduction through technology, process improvement and capital investments; all employees embracing our 'Courage to Care' pledge to look out for one another; and our well-established, employee-led Total Safety Culture initiative," said Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific vice president - Safety, Security and Environment. "Together, these activities engage employees to help keep safety top of mind for seasoned employees and prepare newer employees to be safe in the railroad work environment."
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 2005-2014, Union Pacific invested more than $31 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.
SOURCE Union Pacific