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Date: 01/09/21 07:24
Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: GenePoon

Earlier during the COVID-19 pandemic, Amtrak restricted occupancy of operating cabs to one person if possible. Qualification rides were not permitted and a second engineer, where working, was to occupy the second locomotive cab where present. Federal and Governmental inspectors, RFEs performing check rides, host railroad pilots, and other instances as required for safety were permitted.

The restriction has been lifted effective January 8; with a limit of two persons in the operating cab. When two are in the cab, face masks must be worn.

The applicable General Order does not mention whether the face mask must be worn while the employee is chewing food. //sarcasm//



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/09/21 12:34 by GenePoon.



Date: 01/09/21 11:11
Re: Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: choodude

GenePoon Wrote:
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> The applicable General Order does not mention whether the face mask must be worn while the employee is chewing food. //sarcasm//

LOL.  Although IIRC the six foot social distancing rule should be easy to follow once you are in and seated at the desks / engineer - fireman's positions..

Brian


 



Date: 01/10/21 07:15
Re: Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: engineerinvirginia

choodude Wrote:
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> GenePoon Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
>
> > The applicable General Order does not mention
> whether the face mask must be worn while the
> employee is chewing food. //sarcasm//
>
> LOL.  Although IIRC the six foot social
> distancing rule should be easy to follow once you
> are in and seated at the desks / engineer -
> fireman's positions..
>
> Brian
>
>
>  Yes locomotive cabs are roomy enough for that sort of separation.....



Date: 01/10/21 11:06
Re: Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: ShortlinesUSA

At the airlines, once the cockpit door is closed, it's up to us whether we wear or don't.  I don't know anyone who does.  But if you insist, you're supposed to discuss it ahead of time, not wait til the door closes to say "I'd like you to wear a mask."
 



Date: 01/10/21 12:57
Re: Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: radar

Mask wearing and social distancing reduce the chances of someone getting covid.  Neither of them reduces the chance to zero.  The simple fact is having two people in the cab will result in someone getting covid, and the company doesn't care.

choodude Wrote:
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> GenePoon Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
>
> > The applicable General Order does not mention
> whether the face mask must be worn while the
> employee is chewing food. //sarcasm//
>
> LOL.  Although IIRC the six foot social
> distancing rule should be easy to follow once you
> are in and seated at the desks / engineer -
> fireman's positions..
>
> Brian
>
>
>  



Date: 01/10/21 19:26
Re: Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: DevalDragon

radar Wrote:
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> Mask wearing and social distancing reduce the
> chances of someone getting covid.  Neither of
> them reduces the chance to zero.  The simple fact
> is having two people in the cab will result in
> someone getting covid, and the company doesn't
> care.

What about the freight railroads which have have had 2 people in the cab since all of this started?



Date: 01/10/21 23:22
Re: Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: PHall

DevalDragon Wrote:
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> radar Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Mask wearing and social distancing reduce the
> > chances of someone getting covid.  Neither of
> > them reduces the chance to zero.  The simple
> fact
> > is having two people in the cab will result in
> > someone getting covid, and the company doesn't
> > care.
>
> What about the freight railroads which have have
> had 2 people in the cab since all of this started?

It's about what, eight feet between the engineer and conductor seats in a locomotive cab?
What's the problem? According to the CDC masks not required if you're more then six feet away from other people.



Date: 01/11/21 01:11
Re: Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: radar

PHall Wrote:

> It's about what, eight feet between the engineer
> and conductor seats in a locomotive cab?
> What's the problem? According to the CDC masks not
> required if you're more then six feet away from
> other people.

The guidelines have evolved over time.  The CDC emphasizes "at least 6 feet," and they say masks are required in any work environment.  Six feet is not an absolute, and in a cab with a pretty limited volume of air the risk is high.  Exchanging air through ventilation or open windows probably helps.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/11/21 01:13 by radar.



Date: 01/11/21 05:05
Re: Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: joemvcnj

In metric nations, isn't the guideline 2 meters (6.56 feet) ?



Date: 01/11/21 05:16
Re: Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: Dcmcrider

joemvcnj Wrote:
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> In metric nations, isn't the guideline 2 meters
> (6.56 feet) ?

Yes, and we should round up and make it 7 feet. 

Paul Wilson
Arlington, VA



Date: 01/11/21 06:38
Re: Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: prr60

joemvcnj Wrote:
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> In metric nations, isn't the guideline 2 meters
> (6.56 feet) ?

Varies.  Some examples: The World Health Organization recommends 1 meter.  France and Italy are one meter.  Germany, Spain and Australia are 1.5 meters.  UK, Canada, New Zealand and Japan recommend 2 meters.



Date: 01/11/21 07:43
Re: Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: RRTom

prr60 Wrote:
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> joemvcnj Wrote:
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> -----
> > In metric nations, isn't the guideline 2 meters
> > (6.56 feet) ?
>
> Varies.  Some examples: The World Health
> Organization recommends 1 meter.  France and
> Italy are one meter.  Germany, Spain and
> Australia are 1.5 meters.  UK, Canada, New
> Zealand and Japan recommend 2 meters.
Just obey whatever the authorities in your part of the world tell you to do and be quiet.
It's not rocket science.  Or any science.



Date: 01/11/21 09:27
Re: Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: Chessie1963

I believe the required distance is a fathom.

:-)



Date: 01/11/21 11:53
Re: Amtrak lifts "one-person cab" restriction
Author: chakk

Given the nature of many Italians, I'm surprised their recommendation isn't one centimeter instead of one meter.  Quoting Foghorn Leghorn here.



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