G&W Safety

Safety is our No. 1 priority at G&W every day.

Since our crews are on and off equipment much more frequently in short line railroading and industrial switching, we're proud that our safety record surpasses those of the Class I railroads.

For 2014, G&W railroads achieved an overall reportable injury frequency rate of 0.53 per 200,000 man hours. This is five times better than the short line peer group average and better than any Class I railroad for the sixth consecutive year.

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) recognized a record 82 G&W railroads with the Jake Award With Distinction for 2014, which is presented to member railroads who complete the year with perfect safety records.

G&W railroads won two ASLRRA President’s Awards for best safety rate in their man-hour categories:

150,000 to 250,000 man-hours: Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad
50,000 to 150,000 man-hours: Ohio Central Railroad

Also in 2014, Mike Lundell,G&W's  Vice President of Compliance and Safety, was named Safety Professional of the Year by ASLRRA. Mike, who joined G&W 12 years ago and has worked 30 years injury-free in the rail industry, is a key contributor to G&W’s safety performance. He leads numerous rules and regulatory compliance, training, and employee development initiatives in North America, Australia and Europe.

Mike's award comes one year after Susie Klinger, Operations Manager of the Tomahawk Railway, became the first employee of a G&W railroad named Safety Person of the Year by the ASLRRA. The railroad has been injury-free since 2004, and Klinger stresses the importance of observing and testing crews, performing an average of 100 efficiency tests per month. She also serves as state coordinator for Operation Lifesaver in Wisconsin.

In 2012, Tyrone James, G&W's senior vice president of safety and compliance, was named ASLRRA Safety Professional of the Year.

Safety is never "fixed," and we are committed to continuous improvement. Our goal is for every one of our operating regions to be injury-free, every day.

Public Education

To educate the public about grade-crossing safety, G&W has dramatically expanded its participation in Operation Lifesaver, a national, nonprofit education and awareness program dedicated to ending tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way. In 2014, employee volunteers from G&W railroads made 277 Operation Lifesaver presentations to more than 37,000 schoolchildren, school bus and truck drivers, law enforcement personnel, first responders and other individuals to discuss the importance of rail-crossing safety.

Here's what you can do to stay safe around trains...

Never trespass on any railroad property or right of way!
Doing so is illegal and risks serious injury or death.

Cross only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings!
Look for a train moving from either direction -- and then look for a second train from either direction.

Always expect a train!
Trains do not have set schedules and can approach from either direction at any time of day or night.
Trains do not take holidays.

Don't stand next to tracks!
Trains can overhang the tracks by three feet on either side, and straps and tiedowns can extend even further.

Never try to beat a train!
Because of their size, you cannot judge a train's speed or distance. Trains cannot make sudden stops. Remember that a locomotive weighs 200 tons. An automobile being hit by a train is equivalent to a soda can being hit by an automobile.