Stay Healthy in the Heat!

Have you seen OSHA’s campaign to prevent heat illness?  STAY HEALTHY IN THE HEAT A railroad worker was working in the yard on a hot sunny morning. Two hours later, he complained of feeling ill and vomited. He continued working. At 3:00 p.m., when he climbed down...

Are Your Rail Cars Secure?

Security is a good thing. You sleep better when things are secure. What I’m about to tell you may affect your sleep. It should. If your facility handles rail cars, it could be at risk for a catastrophic, cataclysmic event. Hazmat need not be involved: corn or beans...

Crossing over Railcars

Crossing over Railcars Safety Tip: Place Hands and Feet Carefully Round the car carefully, using a sure grip. Remember: expect movement on any track, any time, in any direction. Note the position of the left foot and how it is slightly turned to utilize more surface...

Safety Tip: Switch Operation

If your facility has more than one track, you have at least one switch. A fairly simple device. The handle is interconnected with the points. When the handle is moved the points move, thereby aligning the switch from one track to the other. What could go wrong? The...

Safety Tip: Proper Switch Operation

Switch Operation: Manually operated railroad track switches are an important part of your railroad and facility infrastructure and should not be operated by untrained personnel. Incorrect operation can lead to equipment damage, derailments, injuries and fatalities....

Safety Tip: Blue Flag Procedures

Adhere to Blue Flag protection rules to protect men working on or near on-track equipment. Blue Flag protection is designed to be much like lockout/tag-out procedures. Notification must be provided by the placing of a blue flag or light to notify those who might have...