Occ. Code 7860005

 

 

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (HAZARDOUS MATERIAL),

GRADE 15

7860005

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (OPERATING PRACTICE), GRADE 15

7860010

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (MOTIVE POWER & EQUIPMENT), GRADE 15

7860015

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (TRACK), GRADE 15

7860020

 

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

          Within their assigned specialties, which requires specific training and experience, and in accordance with State and federal rail-safety rules and regulations, Railroad Inspectors conduct safety inspections of rail transportation equipment, infrastructure, regulated hazardous materials and substances, and ensure compliance with railroad employee certifications and standards. Incumbents also assist in the investigation of railway accidents to determine cause, and collect and analyze rail-related accident and incident data to convert into statistical tables, charts, and reports. Incumbents are required to obtain training and maintain certification in their respective areas of expertise and may be required to undertake extensive travel within an assigned territory.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (HAZARDOUS MATERIALS): assigned to a field office of the agency that administers and enforces State and federal safety and health laws and regulations that apply to the rail transportation industry, incumbents monitor regulatory compliance in the transportation of hazardous materials by rail, within an assigned territory. 

             RAILROAD INSPECTOR (OPERATING PRACTICE): assigned to a field office of the agency that administers and enforces State and federal safety and health laws and regulations that apply to the rail transportation industry, incumbents monitor railroad operating rules and practices, administration of Federal alcohol and drug control programs, hours of service for railroad employees involved with the movement of trains, federal locomotive engineer certification standards, occupational safety conditions and reporting, and employee training and qualification.

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (MOTIVE POWER & EQUIPMENT): assigned to a field office of the agency that administers and enforces State and federal safety and health laws and regulations that apply to the rail transportation industry, incumbents conduct safety inspections of locomotives, rail cars and other rail transportation equipment, and conduct investigations of railway accidents to determine if faulty equipment was a contributing factor.

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (TRACK): assigned to a field office of the agency that administers and enforces State and federal safety and health laws and regulations that apply to the rail transportation industry, incumbents conduct track and structure safety inspections, including railroad tracks, roadbeds, tunnels, bridges, yards, signals, and other non-moving equipment and structures, and conduct investigations of railway accidents to determine if faulty equipment was a contributing factor.

 

RELATED CLASSES

 

Intermodal Transportation Specialist 1 (Rail Safety), supervise and conduct accident investigations on railroads and rapid transit systems; monitor and audit implementation of safety plans; draft reports about investigations and audits and make recommendations.

 

Motor Vehicle Inspectors perform detailed visual and mechanical inspections of buses and other motor vehicles which transport passengers, preparing detailed inspection reports, and issuing or withholding inspection certificates.

 

Motor Carrier Investigators are responsible for conducting field investigations of trucking companies to determine their compliance with the Department of Transportation rules and regulations and with motor carrier tariffs. They also investigate complaints of unlawful operations, services or charges, obtain legal evidence if necessary and may testify at hearings. Performance of the work requires a thorough knowledge of the functioning of intrastate and other motor carriers of property, of classes of proper­ties transported and of tariffs governing such transportation.

 

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (HAZARDOUS MATERIALS): plans and carries out an itinerary of periodic inspections of the handling of hazardous materials at all rail facilities, including intermodal facilities and  shipper/consignee locations; inspects rail cars, freight containers and intermodal bulk containers for compliance with applicable hazardous materials regulations, freight car equipment and safety appliance standards; conducts investigations of collisions, reportable derailments, unintentional releases of hazardous materials, or other accidents/incidents resulting in serious injury to persons or to the property of a railroad occurring on the line of any common carrier engaged in interstate transportation; determines probable cause of accident or incident and if state or federal regulations were violated; develops comprehensive reports (e.g., accident, incident, and notices of probable violation) which outline findings and recommendations; investigates the method of construction, repair, testing, retesting and manufacture of specification containers used for hazardous materials so as to determine compliance with existing regulations, specifications, and the need for changes in the specifications; investigates railroad shippers packaging, marking, labeling, shipping procedures and documentation of shipments of hazardous materials; investigates the loading/unloading, switching and movement of cars containing hazardous materials by rail, as well as the shippers and carriers documentation of such car loadings; investigates and develops evidence of violation of hazardous materials regulations relating to railroads, including interviewing witnesses and examining and securing pertinent evidence and/or documentations; instructs trainees in job related functions to foster an easier transition phase for those trainees that have chosen the hazardous materials discipline; inspects regional/short line railroads for compliance with the hazardous materials regulations and assists in training those railroads to enhance compliance with federal regulations; on request, and with the concurrence of the regional office, advises industry, local and State authorities, rail labor, and other interested parties regarding current hazardous materials regulations; and works jointly with the local Association of American Railroads Bureau of Explosives Inspector and with other departmental representatives in promoting uniform understanding and, if necessary, enforcement of hazardous materials regulations applicable to container manufacturers, shippers/consignees and carriers.

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (OPERATING PRACTICE): investigates serious railroad accidents, visits the accident site, makes inspections and tests of situations and objects to determine the operational condition of affected equipment; questions employees and witnesses to develop facts, and writes a narrative report, describing the accident, the cause or causes and recommends measures to prevent similar accidents in the future; examines carrier records to determine that all reportable personal injuries and accidents have been properly reported; examines carrier records to determine if employees connected with the movement of a train were permitted to be or remain on duty contrary to provisions of the law; examines carrier records to determine if employees connected with the movement of a train are in compliance with federal alcohol and drug regulations; examines carrier records to determine if employees connected with the operation of locomotives or a train are in compliance with federal regulations concerning locomotive engineer certification; investigates complaints from railroad employees or the general population regarding unsafe practices involving train operations; investigates as part of a team, reportable accidents and incidents involving railroad operations to determine probable cause and if federal regulations were violated; observes railroad employees in the performance of operational duties related to the movement of trains for compliance with the law, including utility employees; assists Motive Power and Equipment inspectors in the inspection of railroad yards, repair shops, and locomotive repair and servicing facilities for compliance with blue signal protection regulations; when required, submits evidence for prosecution for violations and enforces the provisions of the appropriate federal laws; and may appear in court as a witness.

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (MOTIVE POWER & EQUIPMENT): conducts safety inspections of railroad transportation equipment in repair shops, rail yards and on sidings to determine adherence to federal and State safety standards for safe operation; check air-brake equipment, safety devices, couplers, wheels and all rolling stock; makes internal and external examinations of locomotives and of diesel engines, applying knowledge of construction, composition in installation, stresses and deterioration of diesel locomotives and accessory equipment; and investigates the causes of accidents, which may be due to defective equipment.

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (TRACK): inspects railroad tracks, roadbeds, and related structures, such as tunnels, bridges, yards, signals, and other non-moving equipment and structures, to assure compliance with state or federal law; conducts hi-rail inspections to determine track alignment, tie condition, and surface conditions; checks grade crossings for presence and condition of protection devices and warning lights; rides trains to determine smoothness of ride on tracks and through curves, switches, crossovers, and sidings; conducts walking inspections to determine condition of rails, ties, joint bars, bridge structures and piers, switches, guard rails, and other devices; prepares reports documenting conditions, noting deficiencies and actions needed to correct them; investigates complaints about track and structure condition, assures that deficiencies are corrected, and notifies complainants of findings and corrective actions taken or refers to higher level staff for corrective action; investigates accidents, such as derailments or explosions, to assist in determining probable cause and prepares reports of findings; and evaluates rail track capital improvements for safety, effectiveness, and contract compliance.

INDEPENDENCE OF OPERATION

 

Railroad Inspectors work with significant independence and are required to undertake extensive travel within an assigned territory or region.

 

COMPLEXITY

 

          Railroad Inspectors are required to undergo training specific to their specialties, and to obtain and maintain federal inspector certification status, in accordance with the federal-state rail safety participation agreement. Continuous training and education may be required, as outlined in the agreement. Areas of specialty are not interchangeable, and duties can only be performed within the specialty area for which training and certification have been attained.

 


 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (HAZARDOUS MATERIALS)

 

Open Competitive: two years of experience in developing, administering, or performing managerial functions related to compliance with the hazardous materials regulations or four years of recent experience in performing functions related to compliance with hazardous materials regulations or a Bachelor's degree in a related technical specialization such as Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Logistics, or Fire Science.

 

Qualifying experience includes:  Manager of a Chemical Plant, Plant Safety Officer, and State or federal inspector involved with the inspection of hazardous material transportation, packaging, loading, storage.

 

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (OPERATING PRACTICE)

 

Open Competitive: four years of experience in developing or administering railroad operating rules. 

 

Qualifying experience includes: railroad dispatcher, railroad conductor, railroad engineer, and railroad operations management.

 

RAILROAD INSPECTOR (MOTIVE POWER & EQUIPMENT)

 

Open Competitive: four years of experience in the construction, or maintenance of railroad rolling equipment; or inspecting such equipment for a public regulatory agency.

 

A bachelors degree in engineering or related technical specialization may be substituted for two of the four years of this experience requirement.

 

          RAILROAD INSPECTOR (TRACK)

 

Open Competitive: four years of experience in railroad track construction or maintenance.  A bachelors degree in engineering or a related technical specialization may be substituted for two of the four years of this experience requirement.

 

Date:  2/16

 

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualifications requirements for appointment or examination.