CN’s lantern initiative promises environmental-protection, cost-reduction benefits

CN is phasing out lanterns that long have been used in the field but pose safety and environmental hazards due to dead batteries littering work areas.

When CN field workers replace the 6-volt batteries in their lanterns, they tend to drop the spent batteries on the ground. Over time, what’s amounted to a sea of dead batteries has posed a trifecta of problems: a tripping risk to employees, a chemical-leak hazard to the environment and an eyesore to all. The lingering issue prompted two conductors and a locomotive engineer to approach CN Transportation Manager Adam “Ahmad” Ata earlier this year to find a solution. 


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