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 2015, 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 seventh consecutive year.

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) recognized 75 G&W railroads with the Jake Award With Distinction for 2015, which is presented to member railroads who complete the year with perfect safety records.

A 2015 ASLRRA President’s Awards was presented to G&W's Columbus & Ohio River Rail Road for the best injury-frequency rate (0.0) in the 50,000 to 150,000 man-hour category.

Also in 2015, Teddy Maybrier, G&W's Vice President of Safety and Training, was named Safety Professional of the Year by the ASLRRA. Teddy joined G&W in 2005, after a distinguished career with CSX. During his 49 injury-free years in railroading, he has demonstrated selfless devotion to people, safety and public service. He led all aspects of creating G&W’s Jacksonville Training Center, where more than 2,000 students – including over 500 locomotive engineers and 125 conductors – have completed critical training since its opening in 2011.

Teddy's award comes one year after Mike Lundell, G&W's Vice President of Compliance and Safety, won the same Safety Professional of the Year Award. In 2013, 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. Tyrone James, G&W's senior vice president of safety, compliance and training, was named ASLRRA Safety Professional of the Year in 2012.

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 2015, employee volunteers from G&W railroads made 574 Operation Lifesaver presentations to more than 76,000 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.