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The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) revealed yesterday the winners of its 2014 Safety Awards, which recognize association members' efforts to maintain a high level of safety.Billie Johnson, general manager of OmniTRAX Inc.'s Newburgh & South Shore Railroad LLC and Northern Ohio & Western Railway LLC, was named Safety Person of the Year, and Mike Lundell, vice president of compliance and safety for Genesee & Wyoming Inc., was named Safety Professional of the Year. Buckingham Branch Railroad Co. was honored with the Most Improved Safety Record Award.Portland & Western Railroad received the President's Award for the most hours of injury-free operation.Recognized with President's Awards for maintaining the best safety rate in the following categories were:• Union Railroad Company, for 500,000 or more man-hours worked;• Portland & Western Railroad, for 250,000 to 500,000 man-hours worked; • Fort Worth & Western Railroad, for 150,000 to 250,000 man-hours worked;• Ohio Central Railroad Co., for 50,000 to 150,000 man-hours worked; and• Florida Central Railroad, for less than 50,000 man-hours worked.Last year was a successful year safety-wise for ASLRRA members, according to an association press release. A total 274 railroad members earned 2014 Jake Awards with Distinction for reaching the goal of achieving a 0.00 Frequency/Severity Index (FSI) for the year. Forty additional railroads received 2014 Jake Awards for having an injury rate lower than the industry average FSI of 2.68.Click here to view a list of all winners.