Rail safety issues and actions

Policies, procedures and training

Issue number: RO-2011-019-SI-01
Who it affects: Rail infrastructure managers
Issue owner: Genesee & Wyoming Aust Pty Ltd (GWA)
Transport function: Rail: Freight
Background: Investigation Report RO-2011-019
Issue release date: 19 September 2012
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

GWA has proposed new policies/procedures, training and systems to mitigate risk of a similar recurrence.

Safety issue description

GWA policies, procedures and training had little if any guidance for employees quantifying the duration, consequential dangers and responses to severe weather events.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2011-019-NSA-014
Action organisation: Genesee & Wyoming Aust Pty Ltd (GWA)
Date: 19 September 2012
Action status: Closed

GWA is currently reviewing the FreightLink Extreme Weather Event Monitoring and Response Procedure FL-PRO-06-010E with the aim of developing a GWA document which incorporates features of this procedure and learnings from the Edith River Bridge derailment. GWA is also reviewing its Cyclone Response Plan (RS-PRC-017) in conjunction with Network Users, once again with the aim of incorporating learnings from the derailment into the document.

Work has also commenced on developing an awareness package for delivery to all GWA train crews which details the recommended response to flooded track, storms and associated extreme wind events and line side fires. It is envisaged that the package will also be delivered to Transport Controllers, operational staff, track inspectors and members of senior management involved in the decision-making process.

ATSB comment:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is satisfied that the action proposed by Genesee & Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd will adequately address the safety issue.

Last update 31 January 2014