ASLRR Names Safety Award Winners

Four railroads serving Indiana and Pennsylvania are among 17 winners of the 2019 Jake Award by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association.

They are the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad Company, Evansville Western Railway, and Indiana Rail Road.

To win a Jake Award, an ASLRRA member railroad must perform better than the Class II and III industry average for injury frequency rate, as reported by the Federal Railroad Administration during a calendar year.

Another 278 railroads won a Jake Award with Distinction, which recognizes reportable injury-free performance in 2019.

The ASLRRA said the incident rate for its members fell year over year by 12 percent, while the overall Class II and III industry rate fell by 8 percent.

The awards are named for Lowell “Jake” Jacobson, Copper Basin Railway’s president and chief operating officer who established the honor in 1993 to recognize the safety accomplishments of Class II and III railroads. The ASLRRA’s safety committee adopted the Jake Awards program in 1999.

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