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Data: The next frontier
of rail safety
How Canada's railways are harnessing data and
information technology to improve safety.
By/Par Sarah B. Hood

"Big data" and "technologies
involving connected infrastructure"
may not be phrases typically
associated with the railway business.
But those are some of the terms
included in the five-year strategy of
Metrolinx, the Crown corporation
that manages commuter rail operator
GO Transit, in reference to the many
developments that are influencing the
future of rail safety.
As it rolls out its plan, Metrolinx
is not alone in adopting new ways
to monitor and address potential
safety risks before they turn into
issues. Across Canada, railways, led
by Canada's Class 1 operators, are
harnessing data and information
technology to improve safety.
CP, for example, is using data and
information technology to "make
managers more effective and efficient
in safety," says AVP of Field Safety and
Systems Scott Sutherland.
A foundation of CP's safety
management system is its regular
management safety accountabilities,
which are "tasks that we assign every
operating manager to do weekly and
monthly," says Sutherland. These may
be referred to as "safety inputs" at
other companies.
One example is an efficiency
test, which may include "observing
employees on the way that they
perform the activities", such as using
correct procedure to get on or off
moving equipment, says Sutherland.
"They would make these
observations and then they would
talk to the employee. It may be a
coaching opportunity. We do 500,000
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Interchange - Summer 2017

President’s message
Data: The next frontier of rail safety
Force to be reckoned with
Customer appreciation
100 years of rail safety
Index to Advertisers
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