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After the coupling has been secured, couple the air hoses and charge the air
brake system (see below).
To uncouple, use cut lever. If cut lever is inoperative, stop the movement,
cross over and use cut lever on the other railcar. Do not uncouple railcars on
curves unless absolutely necessary since it may be difficult to couple to the
railcar at some later time.
Do not go between moving railcars or locomotives for any reason during
coupling or uncoupling procedures.
Do not give a signal to move a locomotive or railcar while an employee is
between the locomotive or railcars.
Do not cross in front of moving equipment after a signal has been given to
move.
(2) Coupling Air Hoses. Observe the following when coupling air hoses:
Establish a clear understanding of your intentions with the engineer.
Make sure the train has stopped and slack has adjusted.
Check angle cocks to ensure they are closed - the handle perpendicular to the
brake pipe.
When stepping between railcars to make the coupling, keep one foot outside
the rail to maintain balance.
Grasp both hoses firmly behind their couplings and join them securely.
Slowly turn the angle cocks to the fully open position (parallel to the brake
pipe). Keep all parts of the body out of range as the angle cocks are opened.
Beware of live air hoses.
(3) Setting Hand Brakes. Observe the following when setting hand brakes:
Do not set the hand brakes until equipment movement has ceased.
When setting a hand brake, take a position appropriate for the brake type and
ensure firm footing and handholds to prevent slips, falls, sprains, or strains If
required to climb on railcar, keep one foot on the ladder and the other foot on
the brake platform. Grasp the ladder or a handhold (grab iron) with one hand.
With the other hand, apply steady pressure; do not jerk on the wheel or lever,
especially when going from light to heavy pressure.
Reach behind the wheel and not through the spokes. Throw the release lever
to its on position.
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