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At about 0840 on Wednesday 4 August 2010 a safeworking incident occurred within the Junee station yard limits when a locomotive was moved from one road to another without authority while a Track Occupancy Authority (TOA) was in force. No injuries or damage resulted.

The investigation identified the following:

  • non-conformances to the rules in regard to communication by the train drivers and protection of the fixed worksite
  • deficiencies in the rules relating to lines of communication and protection of infrastructure booked out of service.

The investigation concluded that it was unlikely the safeworking incident would have resulted in a breach of the worksite at Junee station yard.

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Safety issues

RO-2010-007-SI-01 - RO-2010-007-SI-02 - RO-2010-007-SI-03 -  

Communication to persons within Track Occupancy Authority boundaries

Rule ANWT 304 (ARTC) NWT 304 (RailCorp) does not stipulate that the Protection Officer must inform all persons or work groups who may be within the boundaries of a Track Occupancy Authority of its existence. This is regardless of whether or not these persons or work groups fit the definition of ‘work parties’ or ‘workers’.

Safety issue details
Issue number:RO-2010-007-SI-01
Who it affects:Rail infrastructure managers and track maintainers
Status:Adequately addressed


Track Occupancy Authority form ANRF 002

The current TOA form (ANRF 002) does not allow the user to record details of protection measures enacted or whether all persons or work groups within the boundaries of the Track Occupancy Authority have been informed of its existence.

Safety issue details
Issue number:RO-2010-007-SI-02
Who it affects:Rail infrastructure managers and track maintainers
Status:Not addressed


Protection of 'out-of-service' infrastructure

The NSW rules and procedures do not clearly address the requirements relating to protection of ‘out of service’ track infrastructure.

Safety issue details
Issue number:RO-2010-007-SI-03
Who it affects:Rail infrastructure managers and track maintainers
Status:Not addressed

General details
Date: 04 August 2010 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0840 EST  
Location   (show map):Junee Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Safe Working Irregularity/Breach 
Release date: 18 April 2011  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Train details
Train registration: Train 3391N 
Type of operation: Freight train 
Damage to train: Nil 
Departure point:Junee, NSW
Destination:Junee, NSW

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Last update 14 November 2018