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Inconsistency in defining responsibilities for the refuelling of locomotives

Issue number: RO-2013-019-SI-01
Who it affects: All rail safety workers and rolling stock operators
Issue owner: Pacific National Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Freight
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-019
Date: 07 July 2014

Safety issue description

The instructions relating to the arranging of refuelling at Parkeston contained in the Pacific National train management plan and the intermodal procedures manual were inconsistent.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Pacific National Pty Ltd
Action number: RO-2013-019-NSA-052
Date: 07 July 2014
Action status: Closed

Pacific National has amended the train management plan and the intermodal procedures manual to remove inconsistencies between the instructions and to ensure that any ancillary tasks undertaken by train crew do not have the potential to divert attention away from the safe operation of the train.

The intermodal procedures manual now requires train crews to contact the ISDC prior to arriving at Parkeston with advice of the locomotive/s requiring fuel and the locomotive anticipated fuel level on arrival at Parkeston. This contact is not to interfere with train safe working or to be conducted in a safety critical area.

ATSB response:

Pacific National has reviewed the relevant procedures for arranging the refuelling of locomotives at Parkeston and removed inconsistencies in instructions contained in the documents.

   
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

Pacific National has reviewed the relevant procedures for arranging the refuelling of locomotives at Parkeston and removed inconsistencies in instructions contained in the documents.

 
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Last update 25 February 2015