Rail safety issues and actions

Pre-work briefings

Issue number: RO-2011-006-SI-01
Who it affects: Employees and contractors
Issue owner: John Holland Rail
Transport function: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2011-006
Issue release date: 11 April 2011
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

John Holland Rail (JHR) has commissioned a comprehensive audit of how its organisation applies safe working rules for rail projects in WA. A JHR document states that the audit must assess the appropriate selection and application of the safe working rule to suit the works, location and track configuration. In addition track protection officers have been appointed for all major projects whose task is to manage all safeworking activities within dedicated track sections.

For works on the Brookfield Rail network, a Brookfield Rail training video for safeworking employees and contractors has been developed to provide clarity to WestNet Rule 199. In conjunction with the video, a procedure has been implemented that defines the supplementary safeworking procedures for the management of closed sections of track including multiple worksites within a closed section.

Safety issue description

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).

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2011-006-NSA-009
Action organisation: John Holland Rail
Date: 11 April 2011
Action status: Closed

John Holland Rail (JHR) have advised that the organisation will audit and review existing practices to ensure the pre-work brief process captures other workgroups operating in the same section, or if the work groups have a potential to impact each other. The review includes site protection plans that must also clearly identify the site, protection to be applied and kilometre locations of work groups in relation to the track, so the work group can clearly identify where they will be working and how they will be protected.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action proposed by John Holland Rail will adequately address this safety issue.

Last update 31 January 2014