Rail safety issues and actions

Procedures to attain route knowledge competency

Issue number: RO-2011-016-SI-03
Who it affects: All owners and operators of rollingstock
Issue owner: Specialized Bulk Rail (SBR)
Transport function: Rail: Freight
Background: Investigation Report RO-2011-016
Issue release date: 03 April 2013
Current issue status: Partially addressed
Issue status justification:

The nomination of a number of return trips after which an assessment may occur is not consistent with the current self paced nature for attaining route knowledge.

Safety issue description

Worker competency procedures were deficient in providing a structured program for the development of route knowledge by the driver-in-training.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2011-016-NSA-017
Action organisation: Specialized Bulk Rail (SBR)
Date: 03 April 2013
Action status: Closed
OFI-SBR-2011 -002 - The Investigation of the SPAD at Dry Creek on 11th October 2011 which resulted in the collision between SBR 1901S and GWA 5132S recommended that SBR set reasonable defined time limits/trips for driver route knowledge learning which are clearly communicated to all drivers. Route Knowledge documentation is amended to show: After 7 return trips the trainee may be assessed at the discretion of the trainer.

ATSB comment:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is satisfied that Specialised Bulk Rail Pty Ltd has initiated action address the safety issue.
Last update 13 February 2014