Rail safety issues and actions

Road-rail vehicle maintenance regime

Issue number: RO-2012-006-SI-02
Who it affects: Track maintenance staff
Issue owner: Transfield Services Australia
Operation affected: Rail: Other
Background: Investigation Report RO-2012-006
Date: 15 September 2014

Safety issue description

The maintenance regime for Hino TS63 was inadequate and did not account for the accelerated wear and tear on the vehicle when used as a road-rail vehicle.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Transfield Services Australia
Action number: RO-2012-006-NSA-011
Date: 15 September 2014
Action status: Closed

Transfield confirmed that it has reviewed and updated its road-rail vehicle maintenance regime including (but not limited to) through the following proactive safety actions.

  • Conducting plant risk assessments – all Transfield road rail vehicles were assessed and non-conforming vehicles were either modified and updated, or decommissioned from service.
  • Implementing a new Computerised Scheduled Maintenance Planning ("CMMS") – for hi-rail equipment, this process included comprehensive review by mechanical and communication technicians.
  • Plant log books were reviewed and reissued through educative processes.
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Transfield Services Australia in the identification and implementation of a more rigorous maintenance and risk assessment regime which is tailored to road-rail vehicles has addressed this issue.

Last update 15 September 2014