NORFOLK, Va., October 4, 2016 ‒ Norfolk Southern Corporation’s (NYSE: NSC) safety train rolled into Greenville, S.C., last week, hosting 213 area emergency responders who received advanced training in safely handling potential rail incidents involving hazardous materials.
Norfolk Southern trains run through thousands of communities in the eastern U.S., delivering goods that support local economies and residents. To promote safe rail operations, NS invests in community awareness programs that target two troublesome areas: trespassing on railroad tracks and unsafe motorist behavior at highway-rail grade crossings.
NS’ two largest outreach efforts are its “Whistle Stop” train trips and the “Train Your Brain” campaign, featuring Brainy, the railroad’s pink safety ambassador.
Norfolk Southern rolled out a strategic plan in 2015 that sets targets for the company’s economic performance over five years. Developed by CEO Jim Squires, his senior management team, and the company’s board of directors, the dynamic plan is based on the core competencies of NS’ business: safety and service; revenue growth; and stewardship of resources through productivity and operating efficiencies.
In 2015, Norfolk Southern completed a five-year community partnership to reforest 10,000 acres in the Mississippi Delta, a “Trees and Trains” initiative to mitigate carbon emissions the natural way. Partnering with GreenTrees, a reforestation program, NS invested $5.6 million to plant more than 6 million cottonwood and native hardwood trees on land cleared for farming years ago but that had become marginally productive as cropland.
Norfolk Southern’s ergonomics program encourages employee innovation, teamwork, and problem-solving to enhance workplace safety and efficiency. Employee successes are showcased in the annual Ergo Cup competition.
In the 2015 competition, winning teams made improvements to equipment and work processes that eliminated manual lifting, reduced the time required to perform a task, and saved on operating costs.
Norfolk Southern considers it a corporate responsibility to mitigate the environmental impacts of rail operations. Because the consumption of locomotive diesel fuel makes up about 90 percent of the company’s carbon emissions, NS has adopted strategic initiatives to reduce fuel use, which lower business costs and environmental impacts.
Following are three things Norfolk Southern did in 2015 to reduce emissions at rail yards:
► Introduced the Eco locomotive, a locomotive rebuild program that recycles older locomotives and outfits them with new low-emission engines.
Taking risk into account Employee safety is Norfolk Southern’s No. 1 priority. In 2015, Norfolk Southern introduced “Risk Factor” training workshops that help operations employees recognize and safely manage risks they encounter daily.
NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 9, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Cleaner-running locomotives. Greater energy efficiency. Support for safer communities. Fewer workplace injuries. A more diverse workforce.
Those are among key achievements highlighted in Norfolk Southern’s new online sustainability report, “What Efficiency Looks Like.” The report details NS’ progress toward achieving a healthy balance between its business imperatives as a publicly traded company and its environmental and social commitments as a responsible corporate citizen.
Norfolk Southern public safety campaign makes tracks to seven Indiana cities
Norfolk, Va., July 06, 2016 /3BL Media/ -- Norfolk Southern is bringing its Train Your Brain public safety campaign to Indiana to encourage motorists to be smart and safe when crossing train tracks.
Billboards, with messages such as “Your fan club is waiting” and “He looks up to you,” remind Indiana residents to cross railroad tracks carefully because their loved ones depend on them to return home safely. The billboards are going up this week in Gary, Goshen, Lafayette, Muncie, New Albany, Wabash, and Warsaw, Ind.