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ASLRRA honors Alabama short line for safety efforts


The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has presented two of its president's awards to the Alabama State Port Authority's Terminal Railway-Alabama State Docks (TASD) for safety achievements in 2016.

The association honors railroads that achieve an injury-free year or register the lowest accident frequency rate per man-hour. In 2016, TASD had no injuries and achieved the best safety rate among railroads that log 150,000-250,000 annual man-hours.

The short line received two president's awards to honor each achievement.

"To be awarded two President's Awards speaks to the safety culture developed and embraced by every member of the Terminal Railway," said TASD General Manager Cliff Melton in a press release.

To qualify for the president's award, a short line must have earned the Jake Award, which is presented to an ASLRRA member railroad that performs better than the Class II or Class III average injury rate.

TASD has earned five Jake Awards since 2007. The short line also earned the Jake Award with distinction in 2016 for having zero reportable injuries and zero reportable accidents.

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