Union Pacific improved its public safety incident rate in 2013, demonstrating progress in enhancing safety for employees, customers and communities. The company's 2013 public safety incident rate was 2.22, a seven percent improvement over the 2012 rate of 2.38.
Union Pacific says an integrated railroad safety outreach, enforcement and education efforts and a paid advertising railroad safety campaign contributed to increased driver awareness and the reduction in public safety incidents.
“Improvements in public safety lead to safer operations for employees and communities and greater reliability for our customers,” said Bob Grimaila, vice president of safety, security and environment at Union Pacific. “Though our public safety metric improved in 2013, the goal is always zero incidents and by engaging employees and communities in railroad safety efforts, we move closer to this goal.”