airreleasing the valve on the reservoir from the particular car.
Angle cocks are cutoff valves on the car air line. If this is not
done, inspectors changing brakeshoes or adjusting brake linkage would
more than likely be injured. If another inspector had reason to open
the angle cock on either end of the train, or if an airhose burst
anywhere in the train, it would result in an emergency application of
brakes that could cause serious hand injuries.
4.6. SAFETY RULES
The following safety rules, quoted from DA Pamphlet 551, are
applicable to all transportation railway service personnel. The
rules are designed to protect workers and safeguard Government
a. Personnel must look in both directions when coming out of a
building adjacent to tracks, or before crossing tracks. In walking
parallel to tracks, they must stay as clear as duties permit and walk
against the flow of traffic, keeping a lookout in both directions for
approaching cars, trains, or locomotives.
b. Passing between locomotive and car, or between cars, for any
purpose when either is moving and a coupling is about to be made, is
prohibited. Before passing between standing locomotive or cars,
personnel will give a hand or lamp stop signal, and wait for
acknowledgment, unless the have a clear understanding with the
engineer as protection against unexpected movement.
c. Personnel will not pass between or cross tracks adjacent to
standing cars or locomotives without looking to see if it is safe.
When locomotives, cars, or trains are passing, personnel must stand
or pass at a sufficient distance to avoid injury from projections on
the equipment, or falling objects.
d. Every precaution will be taken to prevent fires. Do not hold
a match, lighted torch, open light, or heated object near a gas tank,
reservoir, container, or storage battery.
e. Extreme caution must be exercised in the disposal of waste and
other flammable material. Personnel engaged in such duties will keep
properly covered so as to avoid burns.
f. Goggles of the appropriate kind will be worn when performing
operations hazardous to the eyes. These include, but are not limited
to such things as chipping, grinding, drilling, welding, cutting
metal with shears or acetylene torches, riveting, handling