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Pioneer Lines yesterday announced it achieved one year without injuries at any of its 15 short lines.
The achievement brings the company’s injury frequency rate to zero, below the industry average of 2.18 per 200,000 employee on-duty hours, Pioneer officials said in a press release.
The announcement marks a safety turnaround at the company, which recorded an injury rate 15.96 in 2018. Significant changes in safety policy have been made since new leadership took over at Pioneer in 2019, they added.
“When our team came on board, Pioneer’s injury rate was unacceptable,“ said Pioneer Chief Operating Officer Ross Grantham. “We immediately recognized safety would be our first priority and we undertook a number of initiatives to build a strong safety culture and set a goal of reaching no injuries across our entire network.”
Pioneer Lines owns the Decatur Junction Railroad Elkhart & Western Railroad, Garden City Western Railway, Fort Smith Railroad, Georgia Southern Railroad, Gettysburg & Northern Railroad, Indiana Southwestern Railway, Kendallville Terminal Railway, Keokuk Junction Railway, Michigan Southern Railroad, Mississippi Central Railroad, Napoleon, Defiance and Western Railroad, Pioneer Industrial Railway Co., Ripley & New Albany Railroad and Vandalia Railroad.