Eagle Eye Awards – Employees Recognized for Efforts

One doesn’t have to look far to find employees who make a positive difference.

Many routinely make contributions that demonstrate situational awareness of their work environment and safety of co-workers.  They go the extra step and lend a hand when needed to ensure the efficiency of BRC operations.

Above-and-beyond efforts are appreciated.  The following employees recently were recognized for their Eagle Eye efforts:

Graeme McClure, Dec. 4

McClure stopped a run-out of 33 East Class during a tour of duty on the East Yard assignment by climbing on a vegetable oil tanker and applying a handbrake to secure the car.  His actions prevented potential injury to fellow employees, as well as a possible derailment. 

His efforts display situational awareness of his working environment and care for his co-workers’ safety.

Darrell Wiley, Jan. 13

While working the 23:59 West Yard assignment, Wiley spotted a severe break on the south rail in the Easy Class Yard.  He responded quickly, contacting the RIP track foreman, who contacted the track department to repair the rail.  His attention to detail eliminated a potential hazard.

His efforts display situational awareness of his working environment and care for his co-workers’ safety.

James Chacon, Jan. 27

During Chacon’s West Hump tour of duty, he spotted a loose antenna on the hump tower.  He immediately alerted the trainmaster, and B&B fixed the issue in a timely fashion. Chacon’s actions prevented the antenna from breaking and causing damage to property or potential injury to employees.

Ronald Morin, Jan. 27

During his tour of duty on the 20:00 CN-22 assignment, Conductor Morin observed WSOR-22 had a stuck handbrake. The WSOR was air tested, but he noticed the wheels lock during departure.  He contacted the north dispatcher, who in turn contacted the train.  The train was stopped, the crew was briefed on the situation and the handbrake was released.

Morin’s efforts during this incident displayed situational awareness and concern for his fellow employees’ safety. 

Lawrence Miller, March 17

At approximately 11:45 a.m. during his tour of duty in the West Class Yard, Miller reported a broken rail on 36 West Class, seven car lengths east from the inert retarder on the north rail. 

After he reported the rail, the track was taken out of service and Maintenance of Way was called to repair it.  His responsibility in contacting the proper authorities prevented a possible derailment and potential injury to himself or his fellow employees.

Miller’s actions during this incident display situational awareness of his working environment and consideration for the safety of fellow employees.

Thomas Swade, March 18

During Swade’s tour of duty on the 23:59 West Yard assignment, there was a run-out on 36 West Class. While working in the West Yard, he saw the cars running out and noticed some switches were lined against the cars.

He responded quickly to the movement, throwing three switches and preventing potential damage to equipment.  More importantly, his quick thinking prevented potential injury to his fellow employees.

Swade’s actions during this incident displayed situational awareness and consideration for the safety of his co-workers.

Gerald Conoboy, April 3

While on patrol and checking known problem spots on BRC property, Conoboy came across a homeless encampment setup west of the Kenton Line and Elson lead, in the bush and tree area.

He entered the camp and found no suspects, though he did find a pellet rifle in the bushes.  The following day, he returned and found a police holster and a Bowie knife.

After recovering the items, Conoboy contacted B&B employees, who cleared the area, making it safe for employees and citizens.

His actions are another example of his due diligence for security and display his loyalty and good judgment.