Safety is a core sustainability issue and shared value at Norfolk Southern: All employees are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe work environment.
A key part of the company’s safety program focuses on the positive connections that employees make with co-workers to promote and advance safety. We are committed to providing a safe, supportive workplace where employees positively reinforce peers who perform their work safely and constructively coach co-workers to avoid workplace behaviors that could result in injuries.
The railroad’s Operations Division Safety and Service Steering Committee, chaired by the company’s chief operating officer, is responsible for interpreting Norfolk Southern’s safety policy. All department vice presidents are responsible for implementing and administering the policy in their respective departments. Each employee is accountable for complying with the policy.
Through a proactive process, Norfolk Southern aims to:
I Am Coming Home
In early 2015, Norfolk Southern recommitted to employee safety with adoption of a new safety message: I am coming home. The message makes safety personal, reminding employees of the family, friends, and loved ones waiting for them at home at the end of a work day.
The new message has been incorporated into the company’s safety vision statement. The updated statement is:
We get home safe every day. No job is so important and no service is so urgent that we cannot take the time to perform our work safely. I am coming home.