e. Mounting, Dismounting, Riding, and Climbing on Railway Cars and
(1) Car and Locomotive Mounting and Dismounting. In railroad operations, the need
to mount and dismount cars is critical to getting the job done. Accident records show that one
out of every four accidents with railroad equipment occurs when people are mounting or
dismounting railcars or locomotives. Follow these simple steps to avoid injuries.
To mount moving equipment, face the equipment and place your trailing foot
on the step first as you establish a firm grip with both hands. Then bring up the
other foot for a solid stance. See Figure 3-2.
A railcar or locomotive may be boarded at the front end or the trailing end.
Mounting the trailing end lessens the possibility of a personal injury if the crew
To dismount moving equipment, face the equipment and release your trailing
foot first so as to avoid turning into the moving equipment as you are getting
off. Do not release your hand until you have a firm footing. See Figure 3-3.
Figure 3-1. Lifting methods.
When stepping from between engines or cars, watch for equipment in motion
on adjacent track.
Always look in the direction of movement and be alert for any objects or tight
clearances that could injure you.
Whether mounting or dismounting equipment, always ensure the speed is slow
enough so that footing and balance will not be lost. This speed is no higher
than 6 mph, which is jogging speed. New employees should first practice these
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