Rail safety issues and actions


Issue number: RO-2012-006-SI-04
Who it affects: 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 improved measures for identification and rectification of non-compliant work practises has addressed this issue.

Safety issue description

Transfield did not provide oversight sufficient to identify and rectify the non-compliant work practices in the road-rail vehicle operation involved in this occurrence.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2012-006-NSA-012
Action organisation: Transfield Services Australia
Date: 15 September 2014
Action status: Closed

Transfield confirms that it has taken several proactive safety measures to increase oversight into road-rail vehicle operations, including in relation to non-compliance. These include but are not limited to the following measures.

  • A Remote or Isolated Work Procedure.
  • A Higher Duties Procedure.
  • Introducing Tailored Leadership Training for leaders across the rail business.
  • Workplace inspections across all Transfield rail sites on a monthly basis, with an emphasis on safety and compliance.
  • Rail Safety Stand Downs - half day events at which rail safety issues and topics are presented to the workforce and other safety activities (i.e. training) are undertaken.
  • Quarterly Compliance Certificate ("QCC") – a measure developed and implemented for use by the Transfield rail contract and project teams to ensure compliance, and support high quality and consistent internal reporting. The QCC record will provide a quarterly audit position, which is verified and signed off by the appropriate responsible personnel.
  • Updated pre-start logbooks and instruction sheet.
Last update 15 September 2014