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Metra earns Bronze Harriman Award

(June 12, 2009) - 

Metra has won the E.H. Harriman Memorial bronze medal for employee safety during 2008.

The Harriman Award, named after Edward H. Harriman, a pioneer in railroading, is given annually to the top three railroads in each class with the fewest Federal Railroad Administration reportable injuries.

“Safety is and always will be our number one priority,” said Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano.  “All of our employees are to be congratulated for their commitment to safety in the work environment.  Our goal is to be the safest railroad in the country and continuing to work together is how we will achieve it.”

Today’s honor marks the 11th time since Metra’s formation in 1984 that it has been recognized for its record of employee safety. Since its founding, Metra has received more Harriman Awards than any other passenger rail road in the nation.

Reportable injury rates are calculated through a formula that takes into account the volume of work performed and the number of injuries and occupational illnesses per 200,000 employee-hours worked.

Metra’s record earned the 2008 bronze medal in “Group B” classification (railroads with more than 4 million but less than 15 million employee-hours).

Harriman awards, founded in 1913, are selected by a committee of transportation industry officials who sort results and send them to the Federal Railroad Administration, which conducts a formal audit to verify the counts.    

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