CP trains across North America pause for day of mourning

Published: April 27th 2009
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Canadian Pacific employees will pause to honour workers who have perished or have been injured in the workplace at 11 a.m. local time on Tuesday, April 28th, the designated International Day of Mourning.

"Each year we remember those employees who have lost their lives or suffered injury in occupational incidents in an effort to continuously strengthen our focus on workplace safety," said Brock Winter, Senior Vice-President Operations. "Safety is our number one priority."

Trains across Canadian Pacific's 14,000-mile North American rail network, locomotives in CP yards and terminals, and crane operators in intermodal terminals will stop at safe locations for one minute of silence followed by one lone whistle as a further salute. CP employees working on the road will safely park their vehicles and observe one minute of silence at the same time. Shop workers and office employees, too, will observe a minute of silence.

"As a result of dedicated joint union-management Occupational Health and Safety teams across our rail network, Canadian Pacific has one of the best on-the-job safety records in the North American rail industry," added Winter.

Measured by train incidents, CP has been North America's safest railroad in ten of the last twelve years.

This year, the International Day of Mourning is also the same week as Rail Safety Week in Canada. The Canadian Pacific Police Service will conduct safety awareness blitzes in communities across Canada during Rail Safety Week.

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