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
Operation affected: Rail: Other
Background: Investigation Report RO-2010-004
Date: 20 April 2012

Safety issue description

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

Proactive Action

Action organisation: ARTC
Action number: RO-2010-004-NSA-020
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 response:

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

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

ARTC advised of processes to address the issue

Last update 29 January 2014