Union Pacific says its 2014 annual employee safety performance was the best in company history.

The Omaha-based company says its 48,000 employees achieved a 0.98 reportable injury rate per 200,000 worker hours, surpassing the previous record established in 2012.

The 0.98 reportable rate is an 11 percent reduction from the 2013 reportable rate of 1.10, “demonstrating a solid commitment to reducing injuries and generating progress toward the company’s commitment to zero injuries,” Union Pacific said.

Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific’s vice president of safety, security and environment, said new workplace technologies and capital investment contributed to the improvement, along with a long-standing company culture oriented toward safety.

“Together, these activities engage employees to help keep safety top of mind for seasoned employees and prepare newer employees to be safe in the railroad work environment,” Grimaila said.

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