Baker Speaks Up For Safety

Machine Operator Wesley Baker recently helped enhance safety. During an annual rules class, he suggested that signs be added to indicate dispatcher territory for Transportation and Engineering employees; this makes it clear who to speak with and what radio frequency to use.

The idea was implemented shortly thereafter, with signs being placed at the 55th Street Interlocking.

During the class, Baker watched as the instructor showed videos that demonstrated potential issues in train operation. It spurred him to recommend signs that would be useful to new hires learning the territory, as well as foreign and local crews, eliminating unnecessary confusion and slowdowns.

Safety also may be enhanced as employees can more precisely relay their locations to dispatchers.

“That can save lives,” Baker said. “Effective communication eradicates the possibility of miscommunication.”

New signs at the 55th Street Interlocking relay valuable information.

Machine Operator Wesley Baker