L&I Employee Honored by ASLRRA

An Indiana short line railroad executive was named the safety person of the year by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association for his making career commitments to “safety compliance and culture.”

Jeremy Kramer of the Louisville & Indiana Railroad was honored during ASLRRA’s 2018 Connections Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

As L&I’s director of transportation, Kramer was recognized for demonstrating a “consistent and passionate dedication to safety” during his 15-year railroad career.

“Throughout, he has worked injury-free supporting the development of a robust safety culture and strong safety performance among employees, communities, first responders and schools along the 106-mile rail line,” ASLRRA said in a news release.

Kramer also has volunteered with Operation Lifesaver and worked with area first responders on such programs as Trauma Camp, a training event for area first responders in a mock train versus vehicle incident; the Hazmat Safety Train, which provides classroom education and hands-on training to enhance their effectiveness in response to potential rail-car accidents and chemical releases; and Officer on a Train, an effort to prevent grade-crossing and trespasser incidents.

ASLRRA said that Kramer also has “raised the safety culture bar” with L&I contractors.

The Safety Person of the Year Award recognizes an employee of an ASLRRA member railroad who is not a career safety professional, has no reportable personal injuries, works with his or her company to make safety programs effective, exhibits a high degree of safety awareness and contributes off-duty time to activities promoting safety awareness and initiatives in the community.

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