This Should Not Have To Be Said

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Re: This Should Not Have To Be Said

Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:08 pm

tadman wrote:If a civilian were to observe a blatantly obvious defect like a wheel off the track or flames, calling the 800 number or 911 is about the only thing one can do, right?

Call the 1-800 number is what you should do if you ever think there is an obvious issue. However, be careful that you don't call in any "maybe" defects - crews HATE having to walk back for a "sticky brake" which isn't really an issue.

Rollby inspections are generally looking for the obvious - shifted loads or loads with straps flying around, dragging equipment and wheels which are locked up and not turning.

In my experience last summer in the field at a Class One, there was no particular procedure beyond looking for these obvious issues. To begin I wrote down the leading engine in my job briefing handbook, then scanned