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Independent data, an aid for understanding signalling occurrences

Issue number: RO-2013-013-SI-01
Who it affects: All rail operators throughout Australia
Issue owner: Aurizon
Operation affected: Rail: Other
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-013
Date: 05 March 2014

Safety issue description

The ATSB investigation was unable to substantiate the reported observations of the train crew without having an independent source of data, such as forward facing video on train 5BM7.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Aurizon
Date: 05 March 2014
Action status: Monitor

Aurizon advised that:

Aurizon currently has forward facing cameras on approx 8.5% of its locomotive fleet. These are located on numerous 5020, 6020, 6006, 4400 and 4300 Class Locos. Aurizon, with all new purchases, takes into consideration all available technology that may suit the application of the equipment. It is likely Aurizon will continue to add this type of technology to all new locomotive fleet purchases.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action proposed by Aurizon will adequately address this safety issue.

Safety Advisory Notice

Action organisation: All rail operators
Action number: RO-2013-013-SAN-031
Date: 05 March 2014
Action status: Released

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau encourages rail operators to consider the use of independent data validation systems, such as forward facing video on trains, to provide a source of information to assist with coming to an understanding of rail occurrence events, such as signal irregularities.

Correspondence

Date received: 05 March 2014
Response from: Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board
Response text:

The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) have advised that:

The RISSB will encourage its membership and the wider rail industry to adopt the use of independent data validation systems, such as forward facing video on trains, to assist with coming to a better understanding of rail occurrence events, such as signal irregularities. Further, RISSB will actively communicate this intent through its regular Safety Management Group meetings, in conjunction with the ATSB.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the actions proposed by the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) will assist in adequately addressing this safety issue across the rail industry.

   
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The actions proposed by Aurizon and the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) should adequately address this safety issue.

 
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Last update 25 February 2015