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procedures on stationary equipment and then progress to speeds with which
they are comfortable. When conditions warrant, signal to have the movement
stopped.
(2) Car and Locomotive Riding. Only operating, management, or other personnel as
authorized by the Installation Commander or Transportation Manager are permitted to ride
railroad equipment. Observe the following when riding railcars or locomotives:
Maintain a lookout for obstructions ahead that may endanger your safety.
Always ride on the side ladder (if clearances permit) and face the direction of
movement. Normally, crew members ride on the engineer's side to facilitate
hand or lamp signals.
Keep a firm grip and solid footing at all times. Be prepared for jolts in any
direction at any time.
Don't ride on or in open-top cars loaded with material that's likely to shift.
Never ride or walk on the roof of a moving railcar or locomotive.
Know your territory and be vigilant for close clearances.
(3) Railcar and Locomotive Climbing. Observe the following when climbing:
Use the side ladders and not the end ladders when going up and down on a
railcar. End ladders are used by crew members to set handbrakes or to avoid
tight clearances.
If necessary to climb between railcars, avoid putting hands or feet where they
can get caught if the railcars should move unexpectedly. Never put foot on
the coupler or the end sill. The coupler can move and cause serious injury.
See Figure 3-4 for an example of an unsafe area between railcars.
When climbing, never release the handhold until there is a firm grip with the
other hand.
Never jump from one car to another - either on the same or adjacent track.
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