Rail safety issues and actions

Quality control process

Issue number: RO-2009-009-SI-03
Who it affects: Rail infrastructure managers and signal system designers
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2009-009
Date: 20 January 2011

Safety issue description

The documentation and quality control processes used by the South Improvement Alliance for the Cootamundra re-signalling project were not sufficiently robust, in particular, the closing out of identified design issues was inadequate.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: ARTC
Action number: RO-2009-009-NSA-025
Date: 20 January 2011
Action status: Closed
The Australian Rail Track Corporation has advised that the following actions will be taken with respect to future signal design work. A standard process to be nominated for raising recording and resolving all issues that arise during the design process. The record to form part of the Design Verification. Include in the Signal Design Process a record of signal design staff against activity against version.

ATSB response:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is satisfied that the action taken by the Australian Rail Track Corporation adequately addresses the safety issue.
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

THe ARTC has introduced additional verification processes to record design changes changes in the works. The ATSB has reassessed the risks associated with this safety issue and while there is still a risk of injury, the ATSB believes the responses provided by the ARTC and RailCorp adequately address this safety issue.

Last update 31 January 2014