FAQ

What are Track Audits?

As part of our operational services we work with your company to preform a full track audit and look at future considerations for maintenance and repair. The process takes 1-2 days with a detailed report submitted and stored for your business.

What is the fouling point or being foul

Where two tracks converge and equipment on one track is close enough to contact equipment on the other track, that is being foul or at the fouling point.

What is a derail

A derail is a device designed to derail equipment if that equipment passes a certain point.  Derails are often placed near the fouling point of an industrial railway track and the railway service provider’s track to prevent the unintentional entry of rail equipment by derailing the equipment before it fouls the service provider’s track.  Derails are normally operated manually and can be a hinged type, sliding type (usually operated by a switch-stand type mechanism) or a switch point type that guides equipment off its track by the use of switch points.

Why can’t I apply hand brakes from the ground

Hand brakes on certain types of cars, auto-racks for example, are designed to be applied from the ground.  Most cars are designed to have the employee use the side ladder to climb onto an end platform so that both feet are on the platform and one hand is holding the railing (3 point contact) while the other hand turns the brake wheel.  Hand brakes are designed to be applied using one hand.  Using this method and proper body mechanics reduces the chance of injury.

If no employee or contractor working for an industrial railway is directly involved in the movement of rail cars, and is merely involved in loading/unloading rail cars, does the training requirements section of the Alberta Industrial Railway Regulations then NOT apply to that industrial railway operation?

The training requirements section of the Industrial Railway Regulations applies to employees or contractors in such an industrial railway operation.

Since our railway service provider does all our rail car switching and spotting, we are relieved of the requirement to immediately advise, and submit a written report within 30 days to, Alberta Transportation CIC (Centre for Information Coordination), in the event of a reportable rail incident on our industrial railway property …… because that is the service provider’s responsibility ….. right?

No, not at all! If a reportable railway incident occurs on your industrial railway site, you, the industrial railway operator, is responsible to immediately report the incident to AB CIC and follow up with a written report within 30 days.

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