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Harrisburg registers lowest '06 injury ratio among NS' 11 operating divisions


Norfolk Southern Corp. recently announced its Harrisburg Division registered a 0.56 injury ratio in 2006, making the unit the “safest” of the railroad’s 11 operating divisions last year.

The division’s transportation department recorded NS’ lowest-ever operating department injury ratio — which is based on Federal Railroad Administration-reportable incidents per 200,000 manhours — at 0.31. The Class I set a corporate ratio goal of 0.89, which the division’s maintenance-of-way and structures, and communications and signals departments also bested last year.

The division is responsible for track and facilities in five Northeastern states, and is manned by 2,100 workers.

“Between the volume of train traffic on the division and the weather in the Northeast, working injury-free cannot be taken for granted,” said Division Superintendent Jerry Hall in a prepared statement.

NS has won the E.H. Harriman Memorial Safety Awards’ top Group A honor for 17-straight years. The gold award recognizes the safety performance of railroads whose workforce logged 15 million manhours or more.

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