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Rail Car Mover Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA.

We Offer Three Different Types of Safety Trainings

Our OSHA-compliant certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.
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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It's a PowerPoint presentation you can use to train a group of trainees.
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Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost.
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Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.
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What's in the Training Course?

Our railcar mover safety training course is OSHA compliant, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 2 to 2.5 hours.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Supervisors
  • Managers
  • Employers
  • Training Scope: Each class contains the following information:

    • Anatomy & Pre-shift Inspections
    • Safe Operations & Stability
    • Know your Machine
    • Mounting & Dismounting Rails
    • Coupling & Uncoupling Railcars
    • Braking Systems
    • Know your Worksite
    • Vehicle Following Distance
    • Safe Speeds
    • Public Crossings
    • PPE
    • Investigated Case Studies

    This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

    Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following OSHA standards for railcar movers:

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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL-OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!
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    Certification Standards

    U.S. Standards

    • 49 CFR 222.21
    • 49 CFR 229.9
    • 49 CFR 232.9
    • 29 CFR 1917.17

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Safety Training?

    In line with OSHA requirements, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. While there are few OSHA standards that specifically relate to railcar movers, these machines do fall under standards for general railways. The operation of a railcar mover is treated in many ways like the operation of a standard locomotive.

    OSHA emphasizes the need for initial training as well as refresher training at appropriate times. Railcar movers are heavy pieces of machinery and can be deadly if used by untrained or unqualified personnel. Employers and supervisors have a responsibility to create a safe working environment by providing training to their employees.

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    Did You Know?

    More than 3000 railroad accidents occur each year.

    Around 300 fatalities occur on the railroad yearly.

    Regarding railroad employees, there are around 2,000 injuries and roughly 3 fatalities each year.

    Rail Car Mover Frequently Asked Questions

    What does a railcar mover do?

    Railcar movers are designed for use on worksites. They can move between tracks and roads and can pull equipment throughout a rail yard. Because of this, they are able to greatly increase the speed of work on any rail yard.

    If my employees are already trained on locomotives, why do they need training for railcar movers?

    While railcar movers are held to many of the same standards as regular locomotives, their operation is very different. Railcar movers are able to travel on railroad tracks as well as public roads. This makes them very useful but it also makes them more complex. In order to operate one safely, workers will need to be specifically trained to do so.

    Are railcar movers considered road vehicles?

    There are several different types of risk assessment including qualitative, quantitative, generic, site-specific, and dynamic risk assessments. The type of risk assessment found in the training is a robust quantitative risk assessment as it is the most effective and least biased type of risk assessment.

    What is the difference between risk assessment and risk management?

    Whenever a railcar mover travels on a road using its road tires, it is considered a vehicle. It is subject to all standard traffic laws wherever it is driving. When a railcar mover travels on railroads, it is also subject to any laws regarding railroad operation.

    Does railcar mover training involve more than just operating the vehicle?

    Our railcar mover training is designed to teach operators how to be safe when working on a rail yard. This means that they will learn how to operate the railcar mover as well as how to be a safe employee when moving through the worksite. Employee’s will be trained in proper communication and even learn how to move across tracks safely and efficiently.

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    — Arthur Lee, CEO