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Railway Signs and Other PTS Precautions

There are various track safety competencies and terminology that a railway worker must acquire, and which are tested on an annual basis. Among other things, personal track safety, or pts, courses enable workers to recognize at a glance railway signs and their meaning; for example, the limited clearance sign warns workers there are no safety positions on that side of the railway, so being able to understand the sign is critical.


Crossing the line safely

Taking a network rail pts course, they also learn how to stay safe on or near the line. More specifically, workers wearing appropriate clothing and work wear must leave whatever they were doing when a train approaches, go to a position of safety at least 10 seconds before the arrival of the train, and stay there until the position is safe to leave (because that train has passed and no other trains are approaching); that is also the right time to cross the line if absolutely necessary. In doing so, the worker must take additional precautions, however, such as to make sure there is a position of safety once he crosses over, and to be extra careful not to get his foot caught in or near points.

Moreover, to ensure safety, a worker must never leave lightweight tools less than 2 meters from the line; workers are also taught how to keep a safe distance from live overhead line equipment (at least 2.75 meters) and conductor rails (at least 300 meters), especially when they work with metal equipment or liquids, or are up on a platform or bridge.

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