Union Pacific Talks Safety to Oil and Gas Industry

Union Pacific Talks Safety to Oil and Gas Industry

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Friday, August 2, 2013 - 10:00am

Union Pacific recently reached out to LaSalle County, Texas, oil and gas industry leaders to garner their support of new public safety initiatives aimed to educate truck drivers on the dangers of an approaching train.

Buck Russel, Union Pacific manager-Public Safety, and Ivan Jaime, Union Pacific director-Border Policy and Public Affairs, met with the LaSalle County Commissioners Court where Russel delivered a rail safety presentation. 

The key message: Drivers should always know their truck's clearance – not only in the back, but underneath as well. Truck drivers should never attempt to cross railroad tracks unless they're certain they can get completely across them, and without risking becoming high-centered. Since trains extend at least three feet beyond the width of the rails on each side, drivers need to remember their cargo overhang as well. Russel discussed UP's Response Management Communication Center (RMCC), and the process to follow if a truck becomes stuck at a railroad crossing. 

In addition, Russel asked energy companies to help facilitate Operation Lifesaver presentations for their drivers. "People don't think about something bad happening until it happens or it's too late," he said. "We're working together – the San Antonio Service Unit, Public Safety, Special Agents, Public Projects, Claims and Transportation – to educate oil and gas industry professionals on how they can prevent rail accidents."

To learn more about crossing safety, visit upcares.com.