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Degraded rail joint was not detected

Issue number: RO-2013-021-SI-01
Who it affects: All operators of freight trains and infrastructure managers.
Issue owner: V/Line Regional Network and Access
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-021
Date: 01 August 2014

Safety issue description

V/Line's track inspection regime did not identify the degraded condition of the mechanical rail joints.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: V/Line Regional Network and Access
Action number: RO-2013-021-NSA-057
Date: 01 August 2014
Action status: Closed
V/Line has introduced processes to ensure that track walking inspections are carried out at frequencies specified by their maintenance regime. In order to improve the detection of track defects V/Line is providing maintenance workers with specific inspection criteria related track infrastructure including joints and fastenings in their work orders.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by V/Line Pty Ltd addresses this safety issue.
   
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:
Ensuring that track walking inspections are scheduled and carried out regularly and the provision of specific inspection criteria would enhance the probability of identifying defects in joints and fastenings.
 
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Last update 25 February 2015