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Section Closing and Opening Authority Safety Issue

Issue number: RO-2011-006-SI-02
Who it affects: Employees and contractors
Issue owner: Brookfield Rail
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2011-006
Date: 04 April 2012

Safety issue description

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.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Brookfield Rail
Action number: RO-2011-006-NSA-012
Date: 04 April 2011
Action status: Closed

Brookfield Rail has developed a training video for employees and their contractors 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.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Brookfield Rail adequately addresses this safety issue.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: John Holland Rail
Action number: RO-2011-006-NSA-010
Date: 11 April 2011
Action status: Closed

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.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by John Holland Rail adequately addresses this safety issue.

   
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

Brookfield Rail has developed a training video for employees and their contractors 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.  John Holland Rail 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.

 
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