Back row are all Metra Board Members, from left to right, Stanley C. Rakestraw, William A. Widmer III, Don A. De Graff, Paul C. Darley, Jack Schaffer, Chairman Brad S. O’Halloran, Mike McCoy, Arlene J. Mulder, Norman Carlson, Larry A, Huggins and Jack E. Partelow. Front row, from left to right, Steve East, carman and safety captain at 47th Street Diesel Shop; Shon George, superintendent, 47th Street; Lawrence Evans, machinist and safety captain at 47th Street; and Kevin McCann, director, Rock Island District Mechanical Department.
Photo credit: Metra
Two Metra workers who have been instrumental during our 47th St. Diesel Shop’s remarkable, unblemished safety record were recognized recently by the American Association of Railroads at its Railroad Safety Leadership Forum.
Carman Steve East and Machinist Larry Evans serve as safety captains at the diesel facility, which is nicknamed the “Rocket House.” That facility’s 43 workers have now gone more than six years without an injury.
“We believe that these two men serve as model employees, with a commitment towards safety for Metra, their peers and the industry,” said Hilary Konczal, director of safety for Metra. The forum recognizes exemplary team safety by employees from AAR’s member railroads.