Rail safety issues and actions

Track-side worker training

Issue number: RO-2010-004-SI-02
Who it affects: Train operations and track maintenance organisations
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Operation affected: Rail: Other
Background: Investigation Report RO-2010-004
Date: 20 April 2012

Safety issue description

The track workers were not provided with sufficient training (competency based or structured on-job training) in relation to the hazards and required protections for working under the authority in place at Newbridge on 5 May 2010.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: ARTC
Action number: RO-2010-004-NSA-018
Date: 20 April 2012
Action status: Closed

The ARTC will reinforce with its Protection Officers the requirements of Work Method Statement TRA-001 (Access to and working on or about track) and in particular the requirement to:

• explain the requirements of the worksite protection plan

• ensure the plan is understood by all staff, and

• question staff on the protection in place and the location of safe places.

In addition, ARTC’s internal audit program has been redirected to safeworking with a focus on reviewing safeworking documentation for compliance with ARTC’s Network Rules and Procedures.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the Australian Rail Track Corporation has initiated action to address this safety issue.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The ARTC provided additional training and instruction to Protection Officers and audits of correct completion of all documentation.

Last update 29 January 2014