E. H. Harriman Award

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The E.H. Harriman Award is an annual award presented to American railroad companies in recognition for outstanding safety achievements.

History[edit]

The award was founded in 1913 by Mary Averell Harriman, wife of the late Edward H. Harriman. After her death, the award was presented by her sons E. Roland Harriman and W. Averell Harriman. Today the award is sponsored by the E.H. Harriman Memorial Awards Institute. UP announced on January 5, 2012 to their employees that after the 2012 award ceremony that the Harriman award will be retired. This is after 98 years of being awarded. This was decision was by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).[1]

Criticism[edit]

While the awards were intended to encourage safe operating practices and safety enhancements, the awards have also occasionally been the source of some labor disputes. Part of the award criteria has been a count of the number of reported workplace injuries as tracked by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA); this has led to disciplinary action and even dismissal for employees at some railroads.[2] Several rail labor unions objected to the criteria, going so far as to picket the award ceremonies. Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes (BMWE) General Chairman Paul Beard created the "Harassment Award" as a satire of the Harriman Awards to raise awareness of management practices that bred intimidation and disciplinary actions against reporting accidents. In 1999 the FRA invited discussions with representatives of rail labor unions to discuss the problem.

Recipients[edit]

Railroad companies are grouped into one of four categories:

  • Group A railroads are line-haul railroads with greater than 15 million employee hours per year.
  • Group B railroads are line-haul railroads with between 4 and 15 million employee hours per year.
  • Group C railroads are line-haul railroads with less than 4 million employee hours per year.
  • Group S&T railroads are switching and terminal railroads

The award presentations are normally made in May of the year after the award designation; for example, the 2004 awards were presented in May 2005. Past recipients of the E.H. Harriman Award were:

Year Group Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
1938 Norfolk and Western Railway[3]    
1942 New York Central System Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad  
1955 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad    
1957 Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad  
1970 A Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway    
B      
C      
S&T      
1971 A Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway    
B      
C      
S&T      
1989 A Norfolk Southern Railway    
B      
C      
S&T      
1990 A Norfolk Southern Railway    
B      
C      
S&T      
1991 A Norfolk Southern Railway    
B      
C      
S&T   Belt Railway of Chicago  
1992 A Norfolk Southern Railway    
B      
C      
S&T      
1993 A Norfolk Southern Railway    
B      
C      
S&T      
1994 A Norfolk Southern Railway    
B      
C      
S&T      
1995 A Norfolk Southern Railway    
B      
C      
S&T Belt Railway of Chicago    
1996 A Norfolk Southern Railway Burlington Northern and Santa Fe CSX Transportation
B New Jersey Transit Rail Operations Illinois Central Kansas City Southern
C Texas Mexican Providence & Worcester New York, Susquehanna & Western
S&T Port Terminal Railroad Association Belt Railway of Chicago Houston Belt & Terminal Railway
1997 A Norfolk Southern Railway    
B      
C      
S&T      
1998 A Norfolk Southern Railway    
B      
C      
S&T      
1999 A Norfolk Southern Railway Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway CSX Transportation
B Illinois Central Railroad Kansas City Southern Railway NJ Transit
C Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railroad Guilford Rail System
S&T Belt Railway of Chicago Port Terminal Railroad Association Patapsco and Back Rivers Railroad
2000 A Norfolk Southern Railway    
B Kansas City Southern Railway    
C Gateway Western Railway    
S&T   Belt Railway of Chicago  
2001 A Norfolk Southern Railway    
B      
C      
S&T   Belt Railway of Chicago Alton and Southern Railway
2002 A Norfolk Southern Railway    
B   Metra  
C      
S&T Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis Conrail  
2003 A Norfolk Southern Railway    
B Metra Soo Line Railroad  
C Iowa Interstate Railroad[4]    
S&T Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis Conrail  
2004 A Norfolk Southern Railway BNSF Railway Union Pacific Railroad
B Metra Soo Line Railroad Illinois Central Railroad
C Guilford Rail System Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Providence and Worcester Railroad
S&T Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis Conrail Alton and Southern Railway
2005 A Norfolk Southern Railway BNSF Railway CSX
B Canadian Pacific's U.S. subsidiary (formerly Soo Line Railroad) Kansas City Southern Metra
C Florida East Coast Railway Pan Am Railways Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railroad
S&T Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis Conrail Belt Railway of Chicago
2006[5] A Norfolk Southern Railway CSX Transportation BNSF Railway
B Kansas City Southern Railway Canadian Pacific Railway's United States subsidiary Long Island Rail Road
C Florida East Coast Railway Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad[6] BNSF Suburban Operations in Chicago
S&T Birmingham Southern Railroad Conrail Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
2007[7] A Norfolk Southern Railway CSX Transportation Union Pacific Railroad
B Kansas City Southern Railway Metra Canadian Pacific Railway U.S. operations
C Iowa Interstate Railroad Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Florida East Coast Railway
S&T Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis Union Railroad Birmingham Southern Railroad
2008[8] A Norfolk Southern Railway CSX Transportation Union Pacific Railroad
B Kansas City Southern Railway Canadian Pacific Railway's United States subsidiary Metra
C Willamette and Pacific Railroad Florida East Coast Railway Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway
S&T Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis Birmingham Southern Railroad Conrail
2009[9] A Norfolk Southern Railway CSX Transportation Union Pacific Railroad
B Kansas City Southern Railway Metra Canadian National Railway U.S. operations
C Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad BNSF Railway suburban operations Paducah and Louisville Railway
S&T Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Gary Railway Birmingham Southern Railroad
2010[10] A Norfolk Southern Railway CSX Transportation Union Pacific Railroad
B Kansas City Southern Railway Canadian Pacific Railway U.S. operations Canadian National Railway U.S. operations
C Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad Paducah and Louisville Railway
S&T Gary Railway Port Terminal Railroad Association Union Railroad

References[edit]

  1. ^ WILLIAM C. VANTUONO (January 10, 2012). "COMMENTARY: Was it time for the Harrimans to go?". Railway Age. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "BMWE Journal: FRA Committee Reviewing Safety Award Criteria". Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes. September 1999. Retrieved January 11, 2006. 
  3. ^ Norfolk and Western Railway (1939). Along the Right of Way. 
  4. ^ http://www.rrdc.com/news_iais_wins_harriman_05_07_2004_ph.pdf
  5. ^ "Railroad Employees Post Safest Year Ever in 2006" (Press release). Association of American Railroads. 2007-05-17. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 
  6. ^ "RailAmerica’s Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad Wins Harriman Award" (Press release). RailAmerica. 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 
  7. ^ "AAR announces Harriman Award winners; KCSR wins Group B Gold". kcsi.com. Kansas City Southern. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "AAR hands out annual Harriman, Hammond safety awards". Progressive Railroading. 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  9. ^ "AAR hands out annual Harriman, Hammond safety awards". Progressive Railroading. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  10. ^ "Harriman Awards: NS streak at 22". RailwayAge. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2011-05-19.