Basic Industrial Railway Operations Training2022-06-21T10:14:58-07:00

Basic Industrial Railway Operations Training

Alberta Industrial Railway Regulations require that employees that work around rail cars in an industrial rail yard require a minimum of training in safe railway practices to enable them to perform their tasks safely as well as be able to proactively play a role in safe rail operations.

In these situations, the service provider does the spotting and lifting of the rail cars. The industrial railway employees work on and around the rail cars loading, unloading, or cleaning rail car but are not in any way involved in switching of rail cars.

This course is a one-day session that combines classroom and on-the –job training. Many clients couple this with the track inspection training. The following subjects are covered in the classroom training:

Module 1 – Core Safety

  1. Introduction
    • Carry a positive attitude towards safety.
    • Explain the personal responsibility and accountability for safety.
    • Assess and mitigate potential hazards.
  2. Conduct an Effective Job Briefing
  3. Yard Safety
    • Explain the basic safety and IROR precautions to be taken in a rail yard.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to safe practices in everyday work.
    • Use hand signals to stop a movement if required or necessary.
  4. Handling Derails
    • Identify the type of derail.
    • Place the derail non-derailing position.
    • Place the derail in derailing position.

Module 2 – Freight Car Inspection

  1. Introduction
    • Explain why freight car inspections are important.
    • Identify, assess, and mitigate potential hazards associated with inspecting freight cars.
  2. Reporting Defects
    • Identify the “B” end of a freight car.
    • Identify the right and left sides of a freight car.
    • Correctly number the wheels on a freight car.
    • Identify the components of a rail car.
    • Explain how to report a defect.

Module 3 – Car Securement

  1. Introduction
    • Explain and follow the rules and policies that pertain to applying handbrakes.
    • Identify, assess, and mitigate the potential hazards associated with securing equipment.
    • Apply the correct number of hand brakes on any given cut of freight cars.
  2. Vertical Wheel Hand Brake
    • Correctly apply a Vertical Wheel Geared Hand Brake.
    • Correctly release a Vertical Wheel Geared Hand Brake.

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