Safety is our No. 1 priority every day.
Since crews are on and off equipment much more frequently in short line railroading and industrial switching, we're proud that the combined employee injury-frequency rate of Genesee & Wyoming Inc.'s railroads surpasses those of the Class 1 railroads.
For 2016, the company's railroads achieved a combined reportable injury-frequency rate of 0.71 per 200,000 man hours. This is five times better than the short line peer group average and better than any Class I railroad.
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) recognized 75 of G&W's railroads with the Jake Award With Distinction for 2016, which is presented to ASLRRA-member railroads that complete the year with perfect safety records.
A 2015 ASLRRA President’s Award was presented to the company'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, former G&W Vice President of Safety and Training, was named Safety Professional of the Year by the ASLRRA. Teddy joined the company in 2005, after a distinguished career with CSX. During his 49 injury-free years in railroading, he demonstrated selfless devotion to people, safety and public service. He led all aspects of creating the company'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 retired in July 2017.
Teddy's award came one year after Mike Lundell, Vice President of Compliance and Safety for Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc., won the same Safety Professional of the Year Award. In 2013, Susie Klinger, Operations Manager for the company's Tomahawk Railway, became the first employee of a G&W railroad to be named Safety Person of the Year by the ASLRRA.
Tyrone James, former G&W Senior Vice President of Safety, Compliance and Training, was named ASLRRA Safety Professional of the Year in 2012. Tyrone retired in July 2017 as well.
Safety is never "fixed," and we are committed to continuous improvement. Our goal is for every one of our subsidiaries to be injury-free, every day.