SAFETY AWARDS

The ASLRRA values and recognizes safe practices across our industry. Annually, members are recognized for their contributions and achievement. The ASLRRA Safety Award ("Jake Award") and the President's Awards will be determined by region and recognized and awarded at the Regional conferences. The Safety Person of the Year and Safety Professional of the Year are recognized and awarded at the ASLRRA Connections conference each spring.

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Jake Awards

The Jake Awards fall into two categories:

  • Jake Award with Distinction: Awarded to any member railroad with no FRA reportable injuries for the previous year
  • Jake Award: Awarded to any member railroad that finished the previous year with an FRA frequency rate less than or equal to the industry average, but had at least one FRA reportable injury

Requirements

All railroads must turn in their F6180.55 form, the Railroad Injury and Illness and Summary Form, to the FRA to be considered for the Jake Awards. No other steps are necessary.

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2016 Jake Award Winners!

To see the winners from each region, please click the links below:
Eastern Region
Southern Region
Central Region
Pacific Region

President’s Awards

Five President’s Awards are given out each year for the previous year. Awards are given on the following criteria:

  • Awarded to the railroad with the most man-hours that has a 0.00 frequency rate, according to the FRA website.
  • Awarded to the member railroad in the following categories with the lowest frequency rate, below the industry average:
    • Greater than 500,000 man-hours
    • 250,000 - 500,000 man-hours
    • 150,000 - 250,000 man-hours
    • 50,000 - 150,000 man-hours
    • Less than 50,000 man-hours

Requirements

All railroads must turn in their F6180.55 form, the Railroad Injury and Illness and Summary Form, to the FRA to be considered for the President’s Awards. No other steps are necessary.

Nomination Awards

In addition, ASLRRA gives out three awards every year based on nomination criteria. These awards are the Safety Person of the Year, Safety Professional of the Year, and the Most Improved Railroad.

Safety Person of the Year

ASLRRA's Safety Person of the Year for 2017 is Keith LaPorte, Old Augusta Railroad, LLC. Congratulations Keith!

The Safety Person of the Year Award is awarded to an employee of a member railroad, except those considered to be professional safety management employees, who:

  • has never had a reportable personal injury in their career,
  • works with management of their company to make their safety programs effective,
  • exhibits a high degree of safety awareness, and
  • contributes off-duty time to activities promoting safety awareness in the community.

Safety Professional of the Year

ASLRRA's Safety Professional of the Year for 2017 is Ron Sparks, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. Congratulations Ron!

The Safety Professional of the Year is open to any railroad management employee of an ASLRRA member railroad who is responsible for safety programs, training and the overall management of safe behavior and actions on their railroad(s), who:

  • is an excellent communicator, motivator and organizer,
  • is selfless in their actions, doing the job for results, not recognition,
  • consistently produces documentable safety achievements, and
  • is respected by peers, senior management and subordinates alike.

Requirements

Nominations on company letterhead, under signature of the CEO or President, of no more than two pages will be requested by e-mail in the December or January prior to the ASLRRA Connection Convention at which the award will be presented. These nominations can be sent to either Dave Whorton (dwhorton@aslrra.org) or JR Gelnar (jrgelnar@aslrra.org), or mailed to the following address:

                ASLRRA
                c/o Safety Awards
                50 F St., NW, Suite 7020
                Washington, DC 20001

Deadlines will vary, but will always be shared at the time nominations are opened.

Please contact Dave Whorton (dwhorton@aslrra.org, 202-585-3430) or JR Gelnar (jrgelnar@aslrra.org, 202-585-3436) with any questions.