Cando Rail Services says it has resumed normal switching operations at Co-op Refinery Complex.
In an email release, the company says the resumption was at 6:00 a.m. Friday March 11.
Cando says the decision was made in concert with the refinery after an intensive review and consultation process with the City of Regina and the Provincial Government regarding Cando’s emergency communications protocols.
Cando initiated a safety stand-down last week after an improperly secured rail car rolled unattended.
“We said we would not resume work and the refinery clearly indicated that work would not resume at their facility until all the proper steps were taken. That’s what we have done. Following the incident last week, we undertook a rigorous investigation, identified root causes and implemented corrective action,” said Lee Jebb, Vice President, Railway Operations with Cando Rail Services. “We deeply regret the incident. We are committed to running a safe operation and re-establishing our company’s reputation as a leader when it comes to public safety.”
In consultation with the City of Regina, Regina Police and Regina Fire & Protective Services, Cando adjusted its communications protocols to interact better with the city’s emergency response system.
The new protocols escalate the response whenever public safety is a consideration.
Following the incident, Cando immediately implemented stricter rules regarding hand-brakes which are above and beyond federal and provincial regulation.
The company also heightened crew observation and training.
Cando is providing its full cooperation to the national Transportation Safety Board’s (TSB) review of the incident.
When this review is complete, the TSB’s independent technical recommendations will be integrated into Cando’s safety action plan.