Rail safety issues and actions

Non-authorised Track Occupancy Authority forms

Issue number: RO-2010-004-SI-04
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:

ARTC advised of processes to address the issue

Safety issue description

Some ARTC maintenance contractors were using non-authorised reproductions of the ARTC’s Track Occupancy Authority form.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2010-004-NSA-020
Action organisation: ARTC
Date: 20 April 2012
Action status: Closed

In relation to the new TOA form, in order to ensure that it was distributed and used across its relevant networks, ARTC conducted extensive briefings with all employees and contractors who had worked on the ARTC network in NSW, in particular POs. In those briefings, the changes to the form were explained and it was made clear that, from the date of implementation (13 November 2011), only the new form could be used.

Accordingly, new 'books' of forms were provided to those who attended and requested them, and further supplies are available on request.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by the Australian Rail Track Corporation will adequately address this safety issue.

Last update 29 January 2014