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Radio procedures and protocols

Issue number: RO-2013-014-SI-08
Who it affects: All track managers
Issue owner: West Coast Wilderness Railway
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-014
Date: 11 June 2014

Safety issue description

The West Coast Wilderness Railway did not have documented radio communication procedures and their staff were not trained in the use of radios. As a result, radio protocols were not formalised and communications were ad hoc and casual in nature.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: West Coast Wilderness Railway
Action number: RO-2013-014-NSA-041
Date: 11 June 2014
Action status: Closed

The West Coast Wilderness Railway has advised that they are currently developing a communications procedure on the correct use of radios and the requirement to have them on hand while on and off railing road-rail vehicles. All road-rail vehicle training will now include information about the importance of having a portable radio on any person engaged in operations before exiting a vehicle for whatever reason. All vehicles will be equipped with a portable radio in addition to the vehicle mounted radio.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by West Coast Wilderness Railway in the revised training package and the included availability of radios while on and off tracking road-rail vehicles has addressed this safety issue.

   
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by West Coast Wilderness Railway in the revised training package and the included availability of radios while on and off tracking road-rail vehicles has addressed this safety issue.

 
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Last update 25 February 2015