Rail safety issues and actions

Awareness of rail safety occurrences in other jurisdictions affecting rail fleet type

Issue number: RO-2013-005-SI-07
Who it affects: All owners and operators of rolling stock fitted with electro-pneumatic disc actuated braking systems incorporating wheel slip-slide protection control.
Issue owner: Queensland Rail Limited
Transport function: Rail: Other
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-005
Issue release date: 20 December 2013
Current issue status: Safety action pending

Safety issue description

Queensland Rail’s strategic risk monitoring and analysis processes were ineffective in identifying safety issues pertinent to their fleet from rail safety occurrences in other jurisdictions involving poor wheel/rail adhesion.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2013-005-NSA-047
Action organisation: Queensland Rail
Action status: Monitor

The Interim Appraisal Report of the Wheel Rail Interface Working Group has identified a range of measures to better identify and subsequently mitigate risks associated with specific types of rolling stock within our fleet including learnings from other jurisdictions nationally and internationally. Queensland Rail advised that further work in relation to these learnings is to be undertaken.



ATSB comment:

The ATSB notes that Queensland Rail continues to research and where appropriate implement findings and recommendations from investigations of wheel slide events from other jurisdictions and learnings of Wheel Rail Interface Working Group.

The ATSB is satisfied that the action proposed by Queensland Rail will, when completed, adequately address the safety issue. The ATSB will monitor the progress of the proposed safety action.

Last update 25 February 2015