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UP honors Wilde with J.C. Kenefick Safety Award

Wade Wilde (shown center, wearing gray hat) received the Class I's highest safety honor awarded to an individual.
Photo – Union Pacific, Twitter


Union Pacific Railroad has named locomotive engineer and total safety culture (TSC) coordinator Wade Wilde of Ogden, Utah, the 2020 recipient of the J.C. Kenefick Safety Award, the Class I announced on social media last week.

Wilde is a locomotive engineer and TSC coordinator at the Class I's Rocky Mountain Service Unit. He has 16 years of service, according to a recording of the virtual award ceremony.

The J.C. Kenefick Safety Award is UP's highest safety honor awarded to an individual. It's named after the late John C. Kenefick, a former chief executive officer of UP.

During the award presentation, Wilde said one of the biggest TSC achievements at the Rocky Mountain Service Unit last year was that more than 90,000 observations were made, a 64% increase from observations made in 2019.

As a TSC coordinator, Wilde mentors rail workers on the importance of practicing safety on the job.

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