Safety is a Core Value at CN
Safety is not just a priority at CN, but a deeply held core value. Our vision is to become the safest railway in North America.
We think it is the right thing to do for our employees, customers and communities and it is good for business.
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Summer Operations.  We`re in this together.

Maintaining Safe and Efficient Operations Through Warmer Months

Large temperature fluctuations cause thermal expansion and contraction in rail. In extreme cases, this can have an adverse effect on rail infrastructure. CN uses advanced rail metallurgy and rail properties, along with a variety of standards, policies, and operating procedures to mitigate risks associated with thermal expansion.


EXTREME WEATHER PLAN






MITIGATING THE EFFECTS OF THERMAL EXPANSION

CN’s Engineering Track Standards outline specific procedures, such as hot weather inspections and speed restrictions, to address thermal expansion risk. In doing so, CN ensures its network remains safe and fluid for customer traffic, even through the most extreme temperatures.


HOT WEATHER INSPECTIONS

  • Hot weather inspections are performed by qualified track inspectors when ambient temperatures reach specific thresholds
  • Different territories can have varying inspection frequencies, depending on environmental or other challenges unique to that territory

SAFE OPERATIONS FOR CUSTOMER TRAFFIC

Implemented when ambient temperatures exceed threshold:

  • Specific operating adjustments, such as speed restrictions, are applied to offset thermal expansion and internal rail forces due to extreme ambient temperatures
  • This ensures customer’s products arrive at their destination, safely

Your Safety Toolkit
At CN, we work together to ensure everyone goes home safely. That extends to our customers. Our approach to customer safety is collaborative. We do everything we can to ensure our operations are safe and your cargo is handled with care and caution. As customers, you help CN stay moving by ensuring key safety elements are in place.




Everyday Safety
Safety isn’t a buzzword. It is something both CN and our customers work toward daily, communicating and collaborating to ensure our mutual operations are completed safely and efficiently.

We’ve assembled some resources to help you understand how to work safely with CN.
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Proper Handling of Derails


Proper Use of Safety Appliances


Securing Cables


Track Maintenance

Proper Operating of Boxcars Doors*

Spotting Damaged Boxcar Doors*

Boxcar Loading and Unloading Practices*

Loading Boxcars – Full Video*
* Some of our animated videos cover the safe operation of boxcar doors. The loading practices depicted in these animations are an artist’s conception and are not suitable for freight loading and should not be practiced.
Customer Safety Training
Safety culture is built on education. The nature of our business and that of our customers means that we're constantly working together to get cargo where it needs to be. Doing that Safely means ensuring customers understand safety best practices when working with rail.
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For Safety Concerns at Your Facility 

CN Customer Service Centre

1-866-926-7245

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