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No person under the age of eighteen (18) shall be permitted to operate equipment or machinery on the premises, except under the terms of the Junior Operators Program.http://www.trolleymuseum.org/museum/policies.php
MBTA3247 wrote:I got some pictures of the new PCC today during requalification:Nice to see the pictures, but as for the second comment I looked at the policy and it does seem a little odd and restrictive compared to volunteer opportunities at other museums and the like. I can see not allowing kids to operate streetcars, but some of the other stuff (nobody under 14 can even help out at the info table and nobody under 18 can lift a finger without a parental unit present) do seem to go a bit more in paranoia territory than other museums.
Also, I have bad news for any current or would-be junior operators: at the advice of the museum's legal council, the Board of Trustees has, for all intents and purposes, killed off the junior operator program. My interpretation of the memo handed out on the new policy is that members younger than 18 can't even man the museum's table at train shows, [sarcasm] much less engage in such dangerous work as punching tickets or making calls over the radio. [/sarcasm]
MBTA3247 wrote:Also, I have bad news for any current or would-be junior operators: at the advice of the museum's legal council, the Board of Trustees has, for all intents and purposes, killed off the junior operator program.A major stumbling block is insurance; the rates could go sky high if the insurance company thinks the museum was overly liberal with younger members. If someone else got hurt then he might sue the museum for letting "children" operate the cars. Or if the junior operator got hurt his parents might sue the museum for not protecting their child.