1-11. SAFETY, CARE, AND HANDLING
When operating or doing maintenance on the locomotive, be guided by fundamental rules of safety and good shop
practices. Take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of others as well as yourself. Take special note of the
Read and understand all cautions and warnings throughout this manual.
Avoid careless operating habits which cause accidents to personnel and damage to equipment.
Maintain a clean and safe work area in and around the locomotive.
Always wear protective earplugs, glasses, shoes, and clothing as required when operating or working on the
If the diesel engine must be started to perform checks, be sure all guards and shields are installed.
Open battery switch and discharge any capacitors before starting any repair work. Hang DO NOT OPERATE
sign on the operator controller.
Do not work under locomotive or any components that are supported only by lifting jacks or hoist. Use stands or
Relieve pressure in air, oil, or water systems before removing any lines, fittings, or related items.
Use a suitable lifting device or get help when lifting components that weigh 50 lb (22.68 kg) or more. Make sure
cables, chains, hooks, slings, etc., are in good condition and are of the correct capacity.
When locomotive is idling and no one is aboard, reverser handle should be removed to prevent unauthorized
personnel from moving locomotive.