Safety above all else
At Universal Rail Systems, we proudly boast a continually growing safety culture. Our skilled and dedicated people are committed to their own and each other’s safety, ensuring everyone can go home to their families at the end of the work day.
How do we know this? Our people consistently give their best effort - day in and day out. This is evident in both their work, and the collective results. As an employer, one of our primary obligations is to provide a safe and positive environment for our team to achieve such strong results. Our people know they have the right and the support to stop work if they see a potentially dangerous situation. We have developed this culture through open communication via safety campaigns and programs, leading by example, continual-training.
The Health and Safety department has developed and launch numerous safety campaigns and programs on a variety of topics including Hazard Assessment, Lock-out/Tag-out, Looking Out For Each Other, and What’s Your “WHY?”, which are presented in a variety of formats internally and externally as to reach all of our employees in the office and in the field.
Our Executives, Team Leads, Supervisors, and Managers lead by example working hand in hand with each and every department and division to ensure all safety precautions are taken no matter the situation or environment.
Training and education is provided to all levels of staff in the office and in the field at every opportunity. We proudly invest in flagging and switching employees with a formal mentorship program, a comprehensive supervisory development program, and online training modules that equip our team members with the fundamentals of our industry and work. We also offer extensive outsourced specialized training for our employees in CROR (Canadian Railway Operating Rules), Track Inspection Training, Standard First Aid, H2S Alive, Fall Protection Training, Certified Equipment Safety Training, and other required safety training through Alberta Construction Safety Association. This commitment extends to the development of our in-house requirements in Basic Machine Operator Training and Lock-out Tag-out Training. Ultimately, we’ve made training a critical component of our business model.
Why do we do all of this? The reason for this is really quite simple – We believe that employee engagement, leadership, and regular training is an effective segue to a safer workplace and a great way to consistently meet customer needs.
Universal Rail Systems’ reputation of quality and professionalism is key to our corporate success and includes an ongoing commitment to measure and improve our Corporate Health & Safety program. Our safety performance is about making others feel safe as a result of our choices. We respect our customers and being the best at safety is the least we can do.