Rail safety issues and actions

Emergency management exercises

Issue number: RO-2013-005-SI-11
Who it affects: All railway network owners and operators responsible for the management and coordination of operational training and emergency communications.
Issue owner: Queensland Rail Limited
Transport function: Rail: Other
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-005
Issue release date: 20 December 2013
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Work by Queensland Rail is continuing for the implementation of exercise documentation and training.

Safety issue description

Emergency management simulation exercises to test the preparedness of network control staff, train crew, and station customer service staff to respond cooperatively to rail safety emergencies had not been undertaken in accordance with the Queensland Rail Emergency Management Plan.



Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2013-005-NSA-049
Action organisation: Queensland Rail
Date: 04 November 2013
Action status: Closed

Queensland Rail has conducted two cross-business emergency exercises including a tunnel evacuation in October 2013 and a strategic desktop exercise in December 2013. Representatives from operations, customer corporate and the emergency services were participants in both exercises. The Emergency Management Unit has implemented site specific Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans at all SEQ stations including the development of localised incident management teams for local exercises. Short emergency scenario exercises have been developed for local managers to encourage cross-business participation.

Queensland Rail has developed a single integrated process to address communication protocols within the network control centre and between the network control centre and an emergency site.

Queensland Rail provided the ATSB with a copy of the Emergency Exercise Schedule for years 2013 and 2014. The schedule demonstrates the inclusion of internal business units and personnel working with external agencies for rail safety and security desk top and field type exercises. The schedule is regularly reviewed and adapted in accordance with operational requirements based on identified and emerging risks.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Queensland Rail addresses this safety issue.

Last update 25 February 2015