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Incident Rail Commander Role

Issue number: RO-2014-001-SI-004
Who it affects: Sydney Trains
Issue owner: Sydney Trains
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2014-001
Date: 03 December 2015

Safety issue description

The lack of an appointed Officer in Charge of the incident site prior to the arrival of an Incident Rail Commander led to a fragmented response with no single employee having a recognised leadership role on site. 

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Sydney Trains
Action number: RO-2014-001-NSA-026
Date: 03 December 2015
Action status: Released

To examine the demand for sufficient incident response commanders and expeditiously act to fill any identified vacancies.

ATSB response:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau considers that Sydney Trains’ proactive safety action does not address the safety issue in its entirety. An adequate availability of IRC personnel should lessen the response time to have an IRC attend an incident site. However, the matter of not appointing an Officer in Charge until the arrival of the IRC has not been addressed. 

Recommendation

Action organisation: Sydney Trains
Action number: RO-2014-001-SR-002
Date: 03 December 2015
Action status: Released

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Sydney Trains, through a revision to its Incident Management Framework, adopts the positive appointment of an Officer in Charge for Level 2, 3 & 4 incidents once they have been reported. This requirement and the functions of an Officer in Charge should be included in the training of all operational RMC staff and all positions which may be required to adopt this role.

   
Current issue status: Safety action pending
Status justification:

At the time of the report release, ATSB considers Sydney Trains proactive safety action does not fully address the safety issue.

 
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Last update 03 December 2015