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At about 1308 on 28 March 2011 a collision involving freight train 7SP3 and a track mounted excavator occurred between Jaurdi and Darrine, Western Australia.

The train driver sustained a minor injury. There was significant damage to the lead locomotive and the excavator, and minor damage to the track as a result of the accident.

The investigation found that two track mounted excavators had been placed back on the track without permission of the Authorised Employee responsible for the coordination of track side safeworking activities between Jaurdi and Darrine. Other findings were that the communication equipment available to the track crews was inadequate, the sharing of safeworking protection information at pre-work briefings had not occurred and the application of a WestNet Rule had been simplified.

The investigation identified three safety issues, each of which has been addressed, as applicable, by the track access provider or track maintenance organisation.

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Preliminary report released 28 June 2011

At about 1308 on 28 March 2011 a collision involving freight train 7SP3 and a track mounted excavator occurred near Jaurdi, Western Australia.

The train driver sustained a minor injury. There was significant damage to the lead locomotive and the excavator, and minor damage to the track as a result of the incident.

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Safety issues

RO-2011-006-SI-01 - RO-2011-006-SI-02 - RO-2011-006-SI-03 -  

Pre-work briefings

At separate pre-work briefings, there was no discussion about train running information and site protection between the Supervisor (Excavators) and the Supervisor (Track Machines).

Issue Number:RO-2011-006-SI-01
Who it affects:Employees and contractors
Status:Adequately addressed


 

Section Closing and Opening Authority Safety Issue

New Section Closing and Opening Authority Telegrams (SCAO) were not completed by the train controller and the Supervisor (Track Machines) for each closing and opening of the track in accordance with WestNet Rule 199.

Issue Number:RO-2011-006-SI-02
Who it affects:Employees and contractors
Status:Adequately addressed


 

Communications Equipment

The communications equipment available to the Supervisor (Excavators) was inadequate to effectively communicate with the Supervisor (Track Machines) and with the drivers of the track mounted excavators between Darrine and Jaurdi.

Issue Number:RO-2011-006-SI-03
Who it affects:Drivers of the track mounted excavators
Status:Adequately addressed

 

General details

Date: 28 Mar 2011 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1308 WST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:near Jaurdi  
State: WA  
Release date: 04 Apr 2012 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Minor 
 

Train details

Train registration: Train 7SP3 
Type of operation: Freight 
Damage to train: Serious 
Departure point:Sydney, NSW
Destination:Perth, WA
 
 
 
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