Montana Rail Link, Tennessee Southern earn short-line industry recognition for safety efforts

Montana Rail Link recently implemented a number of safety initiatives, including a process for employees to report safety concerns and near-miss incidents, and a new worker-driven Peer Assisted Safety Training (PAST) program for craft employees. Montana Rail Link

On June 2, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced 346 of its members had won Jake Awards for above-average safety performance in 2020. Montana Rail Link won the President’s Award for the lowest frequency rate in the Pacific Region in the more than 500,000 manhours category, and Tennessee Southern Railroad won the award for the lowest frequency rate in the Southern Region in the less than 50,000 manhours category. Officials from both railroads provide perspective on that recognition by describing their organization’s safety approach and programs.



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