Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Safety Rolls along at CSX Transportation

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Safety Rolls along at CSX Transportation

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Safety is a way of life at CSX Transporation (CSXT), says Robert R. Downing, vice president of Safety.

"We work hard at safety for several reasons," he explains. "One, to make sure employees go home the same way they came in: uninjured. Two, our customers demand damage-free delivery. Three, we have to be a good corporate citizen."

Last year, he says, CSXT delivered 480,000 hazardous shipments.

"It is essential we more them in a sale manner, for the communities where we do business, for our employees and for our shareholders."

Training is a key element of the CSXT occupational safety and health program. Engineers and conductors are required to undergo annual training and testing on safety, environmental and operating rules. CSXT has been a leader in implementing this annual training through interactive learning pods at all major operating locations. The interactive training pits crew members' skills against what is referred to as "the golden run," the most efficient, sale run possible. The learning tool helps crew members determine where their skills are lacking and how they can operate their equipment in a more sale manner. …

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