Rail safety issues and actions

Identification of severe weather events

Issue number: RO-2010-012-SI-02
Who it affects: All rail operators
Issue owner: Genesee & Wyoming Aust Pty Ltd (GWA)
Transport function: Rail: Freight
Background: Investigation Report RO-2010-012
Issue release date: 20 December 2011
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Minor safety issue, no further action required, however closed out by GWA

Safety issue description

Train drivers receive no formal training with respect to understanding severe weather events, the associated derailment risk and mitigation strategies.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2010-012-NSA-015
Action organisation: Genesee & Wyoming Aust Pty Ltd (GWA)
Date: 20 December 2011
Action status: Closed

GWA will engage a specialist service provider to monitor and issue warnings of the formation of severe weather events which have the potential to impact on the railway network and operations.

In addition, GWA will develop an education program for delivery to its train crews which aims to provide them with the skills required to identify and respond appropriately to potentially severe weather events.

ATSB comment:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is satisfied that the action proposed by Genesee & Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd will adequately address the safety issue.

Last update 31 January 2014