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KCS tweaks management ranks, responsibilities to satisfy safety needs

As part of a new safety initiative — which includes guidance from a safety steering committee — Kansas City Southern recently made staffing and reporting changes.

The railroad named Dr. Craig Heligman chief medical officer, responsible for providing health and welfare consultation services, including oversight of hearing test and safety shoe programs. He previously served Hallmark Corp. as chief medical officer and acted as a medical consultant to several Kansas City, Mo.-area companies.

KCS also appointed General Director of Environmental Quality Chet Culley to coordinate the Class I's participation in the chemical and railroad industries' Responsible Care safety program. Since KCS joined the program in March 1999, Culley has served as a Responsible Care code steward.

In addition, Manager of System Training Gene Burch was directed to report to Dave Ebbrecht, general superintendent of network services.

Burch will focus on train and engine-service employee certification and training. KCS plans to expand training resources and place greater training accountability on front-line supervisors.

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