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
Transport function: Rail: Other
Background: Investigation Report RO-2010-004
Issue release date: 20 April 2012
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

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

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 number: RO-2010-004-NSA-018
Action organisation: ARTC
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 comment:

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

Last update 29 January 2014