Rail safety issues and actions

Rail Resource Management

Issue number: RO-2014-001-NSA-025
Who it affects: Sydney Trains
Issue owner: Sydney Trains
Transport function: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2014-001
Issue release date: 03 December 2015
Current issue status: Safety action pending
Issue status justification:

At the time of the report release, ATSB considers that further actions could be taken provide suitable RRM training for employees.

Safety issue description

Key staff had not been trained in Rail Resource Management. 

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2014-001-NSA-025
Action organisation: Sydney Trains
Date: 03 December 2015
Action status: Released

Sydney trains advised of the following actions:

Assess the status of rail resource management training within the organisation and consider its introduction, ongoing promotion and monitoring within defined safety critical areas of the Sydney Trains operation to enhance decision making, teamwork and communication skills.

ATSB comment:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau considers that Sydney Trains’ proactive safety action is neither sufficiently robust nor inclusive enough to give assurance that this safety issue will be adequately addressed. 


Action number: RO-2014-001-SR-001
Action organisation: Sydney Trains
Date: 03 December 2015
Action status: Monitor

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Sydney Trains revisits the recommendation from the Final Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Waterfall Rail Accident Volume 2 viz: Customised human factors training for rail safety workers and management/supervisory level staff based on contemporary Crew Resource Management (now RRM) principles and takes action to ensure that RRM training is rolled out to all employees as categorised in the recommendation and especially RMC staff, and that RRM is embedded into Sydney Trains’ training and certification processes. To assist in achieving this, it may be useful to benchmark RRM/CRM training and workplace application against both comparable rail operators and also against other high risk industries (such as aviation) both nationally and internationally. 

Last update 03 December 2015