Safe Loading to Protect Your Goods and Prevent Damages
When it comes to the safe loading of boxcars and intermodal containers, CN’s Shipment Quality Team is your partner in ensuring that you meet all safe loading standards in order to protect your employees, your goods, and the community. We help make sure that your loads comply with Association of American Railroad (AAR) rules (rail), Government agency rules (Road) and Ship line rules (Ocean).

Shipment Quality Services We Offer

  • Review and create load plans that meet or exceed regulations standards
  • Help find more cost-effective solutions to load and secure product
  • Offer training and safe loading practices, for all commodities
  • Inform other railroads of load plans to facilitate interchange
  • Conduct safety audits
  • Investigate damage, identify cause and make recommendations for improvement
  • Make every effort possible to save your product in the event of an incident
AAR Damage Prevention and Freight Claims

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.

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*
Intermodal Terminal Safety Procedures
Intermodal Terminal Safety Procedures

* 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.
Contact Our Experts
Do you have a question regarding the safety loading of your shipment or do you need help with a loading plan?

Reach out to our Shipment Quality Team.

For Safety Concerns at Your Facility 

CN Customer Service Centre