Rail safety issues and actions

Response to flood event investigations

Issue number: RO-2014-006-SI-01
Who it affects: Rail network managers and train operators
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2014-006
Date: 25 March 2015

Safety issue description

The ARTC’s processes for developing and implementing changes to operational procedures as a result of incident investigation findings were ineffective at mitigating the risk of future similar incidents.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Action number: RO-2014-006-NSA-005
Date: 25 March 2015
Action status: Closed

The ARTC has implemented Operational Procedure OPP-01-05 - Monitoring and Responding to Extreme Weather Events in the East-West Corridor. The procedure has been developed to provide guidance to the ARTC managers and network control officers, its contractors, network users and other affected parties, relative to the monitoring and response to extreme weather events in the east-west corridor.

The procedure has been designed to support risk-based decision making, with the aim of reducing risk associated with extreme weather events so far as is reasonably practical (SFAIRRP).

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

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

Last update 25 March 2015