Rail safety issues and actions

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
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-021
Issue release date: 01 August 2014
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue 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.

Safety issue description

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

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2013-021-NSA-057
Action organisation: V/Line Regional Network and Access
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 comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by V/Line Pty Ltd addresses this safety issue.
Last update 25 February 2015