CN Transportation Deploys Pryme Radio Accessories
Friday, October 16, 2015 | Comments

CN Transportation added new radio accessories after a missed call nearly cost a track grinder’s life earlier this year at the Canadian railroad.

The grinder operator was working on a track in Wisconsin when he received a call from the road traffic controller to clear the track as a train was approaching. Because the noise protection earplugs and earmuffs that track workers wear hinder their hearing radio transmissions, especially while operating noisy equipment, the operator did not hear the multiple calls from the controller to clear. Luckily, the train was told not to move until the operator cleared, and the employee was unharmed.

CN Communications Engineer Lynne Tutor requested a more reliable communications device and received Pryme Radio’s BTH-LMIC Lapel Mic Kit 2 with acoustic tube earphones and charger to use with Icom portable radios for a free trial.

“He loved it so much that he told me I wasn’t going to get it back,” Tutor said. “I’m fully expecting the product to go systemwide.”

CN has about nine Pryme kits for its portable radios working in the field in three states with six more kits ready to ship to a fourth state. The rail company uses other Pryme products as well.

Tutor is testing two more Pryme products: double and single muff headsets that will pair with LG headsets for radio operation. Tutor’s goal is to expand the use of accessories beyond the grinder’s use to the large welder, loader and Brandt trucks, as well as track equipment, so the operators can stay in radio contact while they are outside the truck or equipment.

“I’m always looking for something better for these guys,” Tutor said. “I can’t compromise them.”

CN’s rail network spans three coasts with more than 21,000 miles of tracks, which cover 75 percent of North America.

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