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
Transport function: Rail: Other
Background: Investigation Report RO-2012-006
Issue release date: 15 September 2014
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue 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.

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 number: RO-2012-006-NSA-011
Action organisation: Transfield Services Australia
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.
Last update 15 September 2014