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That Night Changed My Life Forever

Sheldon Nagy, Retired CP Employee
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Sheldon Nagy endured an incident in the workplace nearly two decades ago, but no amount of time passed can dull the importance of his story and getting home safe.

At CP, we are all familiar with the Home Safe initiative: looking out for ourselves and our colleagues so that at the end of the day, everyone is able to safely return home to their loved ones. As a family of railroaders, we are stronger when we stand together and are aware, vigilant and responsive to potential hazards during our every day jobs.

Nagy had been working for CP for six years when he was switching loads of grain on a track about 30 cars down from his engineer. As the rolling cars began to slow, he reached in between two cars to uncouple the air hoses, and for a split second, placed his foot on the rail. In that moment, his foot was struck by the steel wheel of the car. In an attempt to gain leverage, he placed his other foot on the rail to push away from the tracks, but the wheel caught his second foot as well.

“You have to focus on the task at hand, and go home safe.”

That split second led to a lifetime of recovery as Nagy has since undergone two amputations and multiple surgeries to repair his legs and learn how to do everyday tasks as well as his job with two prosthetic limbs. A railroader to his core, Nagy returned to work at CP and finished his 37-year career with the company in 2018.

His dedication to the industry and passion to spread safety messaging across the network is commendable, and he recently allowed a video camera into his home where he shared the story of his incident and the importance of practicing safe work behaviour.

“I’ve been living with this injury for 28 years, and I don’t want this to happen to anyone else. You have to focus on the task at hand, and go home safe.”

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