2017 Safety Person of the Year
Keith LaPorte, Bridge Program Manager, Old Augusta Railroad, LLC
The Safety Person of the Year Award recognizes a non-management employee of a member railroad who has never had a reportable personal injury in his or her career, works with management on effective safety programs, exhibits a high degree of safety awareness and contributes of-duty time to activities promoting safety awareness in the community.
This year’s winner, Keith LaPorte, Bridge Program Manager for Old Augusta Railroad (OAR), in New Augusta, Mississippi, offered specific advice for his peers gathered at ASLRRA 2017 CONNECTIONS: “I encourage you to work safe
because it is the right thing to do, and it will make a difference in someone’s life.”
These words, instilled in him by his first general manager at OAR, resonate with LaPorte, who had seen a coworker get seriously injured on the job. This accident (which happened at a different employer) left such a deep impression that he made a commitment to himself to never let that happen again to someone with whom he worked.
Click here to view video from our Annual Convention with more details on this year's winner.