Omaha, Neb., February 01, 2011 – Union Pacific Railroad's 2010 employee safety performance was the best in the company's nearly 150-year history. Union Pacific's full-year employee reportable injury rate was 1.37, a 6 percent improvement over the previous best of 1.45 established in 2009.
A company's injury rate is calculated using the number of injuries per 200,000 worker hours, which is equivalent to the number of hours worked by 100 full-time employees in a year.
"Employees being more aware of risk, improving and standardizing best practices and embracing Total Safety Culture were key factors in our 2010 performance," said Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific vice president - Safety, Security and Environment. "Maintaining a safe work environment contributes to the railroad's operating efficiency, enhances reliability and service for our customers, and most importantly keeps employees out of harm's way. We believe all incidents are preventable and will continue to find ways to achieve our ultimate goal of zero injuries."
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico.