Rail safety issues and actions

Communications Equipment

Issue number: RO-2011-006-SI-03
Who it affects: Drivers of the track mounted excavators
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) have conducted a communications audit on the entire Brookfield Rail freight/grain network and identified several communication gaps. JHR has worked with Brookfield Rail to boost the output of the existing radio repeater towers. The JHR project teams in those areas now have portable VHF transceivers and a booster trailer to extend communication capabilities 30 km either side of their work site where there are no radio repeater towers.

Safety issue description

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.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2011-006-NSA-011
Action organisation: John Holland Rail
Date: 11 April 2011
Action status: Closed

John Holland Rail (JHR) have conducted a communications audit on the entire Brookfield Rail freight/grain network and identified several communication gaps. JHR has worked with Brookfield Rail to boost the output of the existing radio repeater towers. The JHR project teams in those areas now have portable VHF transceivers and a booster trailer to extend communication capabilities 30 km either side of their work site where there are no radio repeater towers.

ATSB comment:

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

Last update 31 January 2014