Rail safety issues and actions

Elevated risk controls

Issue number: RO-2013-012-SI-02
Who it affects: TasRail
Issue owner: TasRail
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-012
Issue release date: 15 October 2013
Current issue status: Adequately addressed

Safety issue description

TasRail had not instigated proactive action to manage the elevated risks associated with ongoing track stability issues at, or near, the derailment site in accordance with their maintenance procedures.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2013-012-NSA-004
Action organisation: TasRail
Date: 07 August 2013
Action status: Closed

To address proactive action to manage elevated risks with track stability issues, TasRail propose to take the following actions:

  • Complete the capital programme to improve track stability for previously identified high risk areas. This programme includes an extensive concrete re-sleepering programme for tight curves in the area of the derailment.
  • Conduct a workshop for the review of hazardous locations and the management process for monitoring hazardous locations.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action proposed by TasRail, when completed, should address this safety issue. The ATSB will monitor the proposed actions until completion.

Last update 25 February 2015