Posts Tagged ‘Jake Awards’

Jake Safety Award Winners Named

June 4, 2021

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association said this week that 346 railroads will receive a Jake Safety Awards with 19 member railroads being recognized as President’s Safety Award winners.

In a news release, ASLRA said the awards recognize members for above-industry average safety performance during 2020.

An ASLRRA member must perform better than the industry average reportable injury frequency rate for railroads other than Class Is, commuter railroads and Amtrak based on data reported to the Federal Railroad Administration. Railroads must have completed all FRA-required employee-on-duty reporting for 2020.

That average industry reportable injury frequency rate for 2020 was 2.18 per 200,000 employee on-duty hours.

President’s Award winners posted the lowest reportable injury frequency rate per FRA regulations as measured within man-hour categories.

The Jake Awards are named for Lowell S. “Jake” Jacobson, the president and general manager of the Copper Basin Railway who pushed to establish the award program named in his honor.

Among the Jake award winners were the Buffalo & Pittsburgh, Evansville Western, Indiana & Ohio, Gary Railway, Indiana Rail Road, Kanawha River, Paducah & Louisville Terminal, and Union Railroad.

President’s award winners included the Columbus & Ohio River Railroad for 150,000 to 250,000 man hours worked, and Gary Railway Company for 250,000 to 500,000 man hours worked.

ASLRR Names Safety Award Winners

May 1, 2020

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.

South Shore Records 5 Injury Free Years

July 16, 2019

The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad said recently that its transportation department employees have worked five straight years without recording an injury.

The railroad said it was a first in its history. An affiliate of Anacostia Rail Holdings, the South Shore operates freight service over 127 miles between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, and Chicago and Kingsbury, Indiana.

“This success has created a strong sense of pride and ownership in our team. It’s how they work each and every day,” said Mike Shore, vice president of operations in a statement. “This happened over time with the support of every employee, every department and every manager.”

The South Shore also recently won a Jake Award from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association for having no reportable personal injuries as reported by the Federal Railroad Administration.