Rail safety issues and actions

The insulated rail joints were incorrectly placed

Issue number: RO-2013-020-SI-01
Who it affects: Network Control
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-020
Date: 16 October 2015

Safety issue description

The placement of the insulated rail joints adjacent to signal DYN150 was not in accordance with the ARTC engineering procedure ESC-07-01.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Action number: RO-2013-020-NSA-097
Date: 16 October 2015
Action status: Closed

Within Victoria, the Australian Rail Track Corporation initiated a survey to measure and record the position of insulated joints relative to the position of the signal to which they refer. Sites where the maximum specified distance was exceeded were entered into a risk-based and prioritised remediation plan.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

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

Last update 16 October 2015