Yes, I just qualified and didn't break any of those rules, like he said, if you follow the rules and don't take shortcuts, then I don't see why they are not as safe as any other operation.
Sir, please review: He (gp9rm4108) said they're perfectly safe...blah...blah...blah...then later tells us how "safe" he is doing his job!!! The point made here is he's a reckless RCO. And sure, he's getting work done, at his own peril, for the sake of increased efficiency due to the RCL's inherent inefficiency.
When people take shortcuts to increase efficiency, that's when safety is degraded. So, you simply can't have efficiency
with RCL's. Therefore, the whole RCL operation encourages reckless behavior and fosters an unsafe enviroment. So, yes! RCL's are unsafe because many RCO's chose to operate them in an unsafe manner. Many collisions/wrecks have been swept under the rug by railroads so as not to put RCL's in the spotlight. If these same wrecks had a hoghead running the engine, these crews would've been suspended/fired. But, to keep the "dirty little secret" of RCL's quiet, railroads simply slap RCO's fingers and deny it was an "RCL-related event". It wasn't the technology's fault, it was "human error". NO KIDDING. But, had the RCL operations not had these built in flaws trying to merge safety and efficiency, these wrecks wouldn't be happenning in the first place.
You RCO's must chose which one you want, safety or efficiency, because you can't have both.
I laugh and laugh and laugh whenever RCO's spout off about how great and fast they are and want to challenge any Engineer to a switching contest. RCL's are slower than conventional crews, period. For an RCO to puff their chest out and hold their head up high and declare "I'm great" shows everyone how naive and ridiculous they are. The railroads
know RCL's aren't as efficient as conventional crews. Do your job safely, work falls behind. Do your job recklessly, you get done quicker. It's a Catch-22. But don't think for a New York minute you're "equal" to a conventional crew with a hoghead in terms of safety and efficiency! For an RCO to smugly believe that he/she is in the same league as a Locomotive Engineer is outright idiotic and embarrasses the RCO's that take the box at face value; another railroad idea that saves money but makes the job go slower if done correctly.
To all RCO's:
Do your jobs safely. I want you to go home at the end of your day unharmed. Don't take shortcuts to get the work done. Do the best work you can with the tools the company gave you. Be safe, and don't let some desk jockey hurry you and your crew. You are my friends and co-workers and I want all of you to reach retirement in good health.
But, don't tell me you're safe and
efficient; your credibility goes immediately to ZERO.