Rail safety issues and actions

Documentation and quality control

Issue number: RO-2010-015-SI-01
Who it affects: Rail infrastructure managers and track maintainers
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2010-015
Date: 29 June 2012

Safety issue description

The quality assurance processes used in the acceptance of the Goddards crossing loop project were not sufficiently robust to mitigate the risk of track construction inadequacies.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: ARTC
Action number: RO-2010-015-NSA-021
Date: 29 June 2012
Action status: Closed

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has advised that it will reinforce its project management and audit processes, as outlined in its Project Management Procedure (PP 157), with its employees, in particular the requirement for:

  • ongoing “spot” audits of the works by nominated Project Managers and Engineers
  • ad hoc audits undertaken by an internal audit department
  • formal close out process and handover to the respective maintenance representatives
  • identification of any outstanding (punch list) items that may require follow up work
  • review the documentation of the completed works.

ATSB response:

Satisfactorially addressed by the ARTC

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

SAN only requires ARTC to consider the implications of this safety issue and take action where considered appropriate.

Last update 31 January 2014