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4/3/2003



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KCS analyzes employee awareness program, technology at safety meeting


On March 25, Kansas City Southern hosted a Safety Assurance and Compliance Process (SACP) meeting at its Kansas City, Mo., headquarters.


Texas A&M's Dr. Steven Roop presented information about Crew Resource Management (CRM), a 30-year-old training program designed to address communication problems between airline pilots and air-traffic controllers.


In late 2003, KCS, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Texas A&M plan to pilot a CRM program geared toward train, mechanical, engineering and dispatching employees to improve communication, raise workers' situational awareness, and minimize human-error caused incidents and injuries, according to a prepared statement.


BNSF already began piloting its own CRM program in February for Southern California Division transportation employees.


During the SACP meeting, KCS officials also reviewed Actigraph, a newly developed wristwatch-type device designed to monitor wrist movement to determine a person's alertness level. The military uses Actigraph to gauge troops' battle readiness.


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