ROANOKE, VA. – The 236 employees of Norfolk Southern’s Roanoke Locomotive Shop charged past a rare milestone this month by logging more than 2 million injury-free employee-hours. The shop, which overhauls the company’s locomotives, has gone six years without a reportable injury.
Shop Manager Chuck Sloan attributed the achievement to teamwork. “It’s a cooperative effort between labor and management that focuses on safety, operating performance, and customer service,” Sloan said. “With an achievement of this magnitude, everyone associated with Roanoke Locomotive Shop is involved. The support we receive from around the company for continued improvement contributes to this success. Dedication to safety, commitment to success, and teamwork above all else made this achievement a reality.”
To commemorate the achievement, shop employees crafted a bell to be displayed on the shop floor beside the 1-million-employee-hour bell the employees made in 2011 to mark that milestone. The bell was unveiled at ceremony today.
A reportable injury is one that requires more than basic first aid, typically incurs lost time at work, and must be reported to the Federal Railroad Administration. The Roanoke Locomotive Shop has not had a reportable injury since Oct. 9, 2007.
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.
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