Volunteering — Blog Post #7
April 11, 2015
Today I attended the Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) training class at the White House in the Brightside yard. This training class is required for all MOW team members. The instructor was great and I learned a lot of new things.
For example, when we are performing MOW work, if we are within 25 feet of the track centerline, we are ‘close’ to the track. Similarly, if we are within 4 feet, we are ‘on’ the track. I had not heard these definitions before, but it makes sense. If you are as close to the track as 4 feet, you can be struck by things that might be hanging off passing railroad cars.
I have seen metal strapping hanging from passing freight cars that could easily have struck anyone that was within a few feet of the tracks. The class also covered some of the more recent accidents where railway workers were injured. It was depressing, but the lessons learned have to be communicated to help prevent future accidents.