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765 Update – 2/20/2019

By February 17, 2019February 20th, 2019Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker.


765 work included disassembling the trailing truck suspension. The truck is apart with about half the pieces in the shop and cleaned others await retrieval and cleaning. Initially there is more wear than I had thought so some repair work is likely needed. We also found a damaged lubricator. The lubricator itself appear to be OK but there are several damaged oil lines and a snapped off support.   Chris Zahrt worked on the feed water heater again.  It is getting close to being ready to put on the locomotive, but work has run into a snag with a wasted pipe that has broken off and work on removing the nipple from the water valve is going slowly.


Not sure what the schedule is for other projects, but I will be unavailable on Friday due to a work meeting.  Saturday, I intend to continue work on retrieving, cleaning and labeling trailing truck parts. Same scenario for Sunday.


Labels on chemicals are your first line of defense to know what you are using and what, if any, special precautions or PPE should be used. Many chemicals and other substances are hazardous if not used properly. You can be safe if you know which are hazardous, what the hazards are, and how to work with them safely. You can detect many of these hazards by reading the labels.


Every container of hazardous material has a label—a good place to start. Label information usually includes….

  • What’s in the container
  • What type of hazard might be present
  • Special instructions
  • How to protect yourself
  • Basic first aid.

The label doesn’t tell everything, but it’s a good starting point—read it.

Labels on chemicals are your first line of defense to know what you are using and what, if any, special precautions or PPE must be used.


Remember the following important guidelines….

  • Every container should have a label and an MSDS sheet. Don’t use it if it doesn’t.
  • Report missing or illegible labels. Even portable containers should have labels.
  • Read labels before using.
  • Always follow the instructions on labels.
  • Ask your Work Leader if you don’t understand the information or need additional resources.


In conclusion always remember to….

  • Read the label first before starting to work with any chemical.
  • Always refer to the MSDS for more detailed information.
  • Ask a Work Leader if you have any questions.

Most importantly always use the information on labels and MSDSs to assure you are handling and using the chemicals properly and utilizing all required PPE to protect your health and safety and that of fellow workers.