Rail safety issues and actions

Occurrence notification standard and guideline

Issue number: RO-2013-005-SI-08
Who it affects: Railway safety regulators and railway network owners and operators responsible for the classification and review of railway occurrence notifications.
Issue owner: The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
Transport function: Rail: Other
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-005
Issue release date: 20 December 2013
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ONRSR has committed to revise ON-S1 but this has not been approved through consensus of all State and Territory jurisdictions

Safety issue description

The national rail occurrence standard and guidelines (ON-S1/OC-G1) do not include significant train wheel slip/slide occurrences as a notification category/type which has the potential to lead to rail safety regulators being unaware of significant and/or systemic safety issues related to wheel/rail adhesion.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2013-005-NSA-050
Action organisation: Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
Date: 04 November 2013
Action status: Closed

The ONRSR agrees to review and include more explicit guidance on slip-slide events in the appropriate existing categories of the ON-S1 Standard and OC-G1 Guidelines.

The ONRSR will furthermore consider the need to establish a specific category for slip-slide occurrences as part of the national data strategy review.


ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator addresses this safety issue.

Last update 25 February 2015