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Does bnsf hire over weight people

Postby zule1969 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:55 am

I have a job interview with bnsf in 2 week does bnsf hire you if you are over weight
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Re: Does bnsf hire over weight people

Postby ljpierce1965 » Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:15 pm

Question would probably be better in the employment section.

That said, is your BMI over 40? If so, then you're probably out of luck until you get it below that.
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Re: Does bnsf hire over weight people

Postby Gadfly » Sun May 11, 2014 5:43 pm

ljpierce1965 wrote:Question would probably be better in the employment section.

That said, is your BMI over 40? If so, then you're probably out of luck until you get it below that.


Honestly, that 'was asked when I was hired in '78. It went something like this: "If you are 5' 10" and you weigh so much (fill in the blank), you may leave now. It will do you no good to stay". If BMI was high, they'd catch it at the physical anyway if you tried to fake your way in.

That sounds mean, but it is actually for your own safety, especially if you are going to be expected to catch up onto moving equipment, climb thru cuts of cars and so forth. It has been proven that, generally, overly heavy people have more agility issues as well as health problems over time. The railroads are BIG on safety.
Lose the extra pounds and then give it a try! :-D
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Re: Does bnsf hire over weight people

Postby Komachi » Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:44 pm

Methinks the Employment Forum may reap the fruit of knowledge you desire.
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Re: Does bnsf hire over weight people

Postby MichaelB86 » Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:39 am

You aren't allowed to be fat on the RR. At least not until they promote you to the seat :-D
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Re: Does bnsf hire over weight people

Postby cockerhamsg » Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:32 am

9/10 people I work with are overweight seem likes, buddy. It may not help your chances, but being overweight is definitely commonplace in the rail yard.
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Re: Does bnsf hire over weight people

Postby jz441 » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:34 pm

I believe that BNSF requires the BMI to be no grater than 30 at the time of hiring.
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Re: Does bnsf hire over weight people

Postby ljpierce1965 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:49 am

jz441 wrote:I believe that BNSF requires the BMI to be no grater than 30 at the time of hiring.


It is 40. Up to 35 isn't a problem. 35.1 to 39.99 is looked at on a case by case basis. 40 and up, you are disqualified.

HOWEVER, don't take disqualification as the end all.

Most doctors offices take your weight and refer to a chart to arrive at the BMI level. This is INACCURATE!

I was able to use a scale at another doctors office I knew of to get a computerized high tech BMI reading that came in UNDER the 40 threshold which got me back into the running for the job.
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