mick wrote:Dadgum it, your'e right Commander. That is an old bulletin, no longer required to be carried. .It's no longer required to be carried because the bulletin mentioned to add the rule to the PAR saftey manual. Which frankly just shows that someone higher up is not thinking. Because what happens to a new hire? He or she will never have the info because the saftey rule book have never been updated and the bulletin is gone.
mick wrote:But the point is, open plug doors are a problem around Lowell because of Trespassers. Train crews have been cautioned by our Orginizations against trying to close them, because any injuries incurred may be blamed on them.I am sure the company would blame the crews. That's just how it is. And it works both ways. If the Conductor refuses to attempt to close an open door and in turn delays a train to set the car out, he or she could end up in an investigation for delaying a train. And what will there defense be? they have no rule to back them up. That's like a Conductor saying "I'm not changing out that knuckle because i might hurt my back". It's part of your job description. You would lose the argument.
And on the same note, if he or she DID attempt to close the plug door and got hurt, they would hang you for not setting the car out. Bottom line, know the rules, know what you are and are NOT allowed to do and follow accordingly. If your scared to attempt to close a plug door that by rules, you are allowed to close, just say "I tried, it won't budge, sorry". The car department will not rat you out, in fact, they will thank you for the easy task that got them some extra time.
I make it a point to always be cooperative to the Yardmasters and Dispatchers. Because they are the ones who can get you in trouble. I just never say no. If (for example) a Dispatcher told me to do something that was allowed by rules, but i was unsure of my ability in completing the task, i would just say "Ok, no problem" and then ultimatley say "I tried, but it would'nt work. Sorry". Problem solved. You don't get hurt and your not accused of being uncooperative.