Southern Pacific Transportation Co. has won the E.H Harriman Memorial gold medal for employee safety for 1988. It is the third year in a row Southern Pacific has been honored with the award.
Norfolk Southern Corp. took the second-place silver medal award and the bronze medal went to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Co.These companies are long-haul railroads classified as Group A, whose employees worked a total of 15 million employee-hours or more during the year.
For the 10th year in a row, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Co. took the gold medal in Group B (where employees worked 4-15 million hours) while the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Co. won the silver medal and the Grand Trunk Western Railroad Co. won the bronze medal. With D&RGW merged with Southern Pacific, there is certain to be a new gold medal winner in Group B for 1989.
For the 13th consecutive year, the gold medal in Group C (less than 4 million hours) went to Florida East Coast Railway Co. The Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Co. won the silver medal and the Green Bay and Western Railroad Co. took the bronze award.
In Group ST, (switching and terminal companies) the Port Terminal Railroad Association of Houston, took the gold medal; the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis won the silver medal and the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Co. won third place.
Special certificates of commendation for improved safety went to four railroads: National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak); Kansas City Southern Railway Co.; Green Bay and Western Railroad Co. and the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Co.
The annual rail employee safety awards were initiated in 1913 by the late Mrs. Mary W. Harriman in memory of her husband Edward H. Harriman, a pioneer in American railroading. The awards are being administered by the E.H. Harriman Memorial Awards Institute, with support from the Mary W. Harriman Foundation.
Winners are chosen by a selection committee composed of individuals prominent in the transportation field.
Awards are granted to railroads on the basis of the lowest casualty rates per 200,000 employee-hours worked - a formula that takes into account the volume of work performed, as well as the number of fatalities, injuries and occupational illnesses reported to the Federal Railroad Administration.