Rail safety issues and actions

Driver reporting and cab ride arrangements

Issue number: RO-2014-008-SI-03
Who it affects: All rail transport operators throughout Australia
Issue owner: Aurizon and Brookfield Rail
Operation affected: Rail: Rolling stock
Background: Investigation Report RO-2014-008
Date: 26 March 2015

Safety issue description

The frequency of driver reporting and locomotive cab rides by track inspectors had been insufficient for identifying rough track through the derailment site.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Aurizon and Brookfield Rail
Action number: RO-2014-008-NSA-009
Date: 26 March 2015
Action status: Closed

In response to this safety issue, Brookfield Rail and/or Aurizon have advised of the following proactive safety action:

  • Brookfield Rail has increased the frequency of in cab train rides/track inspection to monthly.
  • Brookfield Rail has issued a safety advice to all above rail operators highlighting the importance of reporting rough ride/track irregularities to Brookfield Rail train control.
  • Aurizon has issued instructions (general order) to all of its drivers regarding a requirement to communicate rail/track faults, in particular rough riding track.
  • Aurizon is reviewing the feasibility of using acceleration monitors on selected locomotives and/or wagons on the Defined Interstate Rail Network, (DIRN) between Perth and Kalgoorlie.


ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the actions proposed by Aurizon and Brookfield Rail will, when implemented, adequately address this safety issue.

Current issue status: Safety action pending
Status justification:

At the time of this report release, the safety actions advised by Brookfield Rail and Aurizon had not yet been fully implemented.

Last update 17 August 2015