The event recognized BNSF's Safety Employees of the Year, Achievement Award winners and "Best of the Best" leaders of teams who showed outstanding safety performance in 2012.
"The success of BNSF is dependent upon every person who works here," said Matthew Rose, BNSF chairman and chief executive officer. "The 2012 Employee of the Year awards honor the employees who best demonstrate BNSF's vision and values through their commitment, leadership and focus on working safely and efficiently to meet our customers' expectations."
Seven BNSF employees were honored as Safety Employees of the Year for outstanding contributions in support of an injury- and accident-free workplace: Carey Dotson, intermodal equipment operator, from Memphis, Tenn.; George Gross, telecommunications associate foreman, from Fort Worth, Texas; Lee Johnson, yardmaster, from Spokane, Wash.; Doug Peterson, track inspector, from Glendive, Mont.; Bruce Remz, switchman, from Barstow, Calif.; Devon Smoot, locomotive engineer, from Thayer, Mo. and Darryl Woods, carman, from Kansas City, Kan.
BNSF presented more than 500 Achievement Awards in 2012. Of those, 17 outstanding individual and team achievements were honored with Employee of the Year awards for accomplishments ranging from life-saving CPR to initiatives for improving customer service.
BNSF also recognized 41 leaders who were named "Best of the Best" for their outstanding safety leadership in 2012, with work teams that achieved exceptional safety performance in 2012. Each work group was injury-free.