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Derail Use to Protect Employees

IROR Rule 23 Derails

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Derail properly installed on rail

Derails are used to protect employees and equipment while employees are loading/unloading equipment with dangerous goods.

Rule 23.4 reads: “Derails must be left secured with a locking device controlled by the facility when equipment containing dangerous goods is being loaded or unloaded”.

Scenario

You have just completed the loading of the last car with crude oil. All devices used to load the cars are clear.

May you unlock the lock on the derail protecting that track?

Yes.

Must the derail remain in derailing position?

Yes.

Rational

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Derail being closed

The lock on the derail may be unlocked when all transfer of dangerous goods in completed to allow your service provider access to the cars.

As per IROR 23.3, each derail must be left in the derailing position.

 

IROR Rule 23.5 Communication at Derails

 

Derails are used to protect employees, equipment and the public against unintended movement of equipment.

Rule 23.5 reads: “Crew members approaching a derail must communicate the status of the derail (set in derailing or non-derailing position) before moving equipment to within 2 rail car lengths of the derail location”.

Scenario

The loader has just completed the loading of the last car with crude oil. All devices used to load the cars are clear, the loader has unlocked the derail and the blue flag is removed.

You are the groundperson on the switching crew and your movement is approaching the location of the derail. Must you communicate the position of the derail to the locomotive operator?

Yes.

Where must you communicate that information?

Before moving to within 2 rail car lenghts from the location of the derail.

Rational

All crew members are responsible to ensure the safety of the movement when switching in yards. A derailment caused by a movement over a derail in derailing position can cause serious injuries and important dammage to the equipment. Good communication between crew members will ensure the safety of the movement.

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:47+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Safety, Training|