Rail safety issues and actions

Train protection

Issue number: RO-2014-009-SI-01
Who it affects: All rail operations
Issue owner: NSW Trains
Transport function: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Background: Investigation Report RO-2014-009
Issue release date: 17 January 2018
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The review of the risk with consideration of the organisations risk profile is considered positive. The subsequent/additional controls serve to reinforce the requirements of the crew to ensure required train protection is in place.

Safety issue description

The crew of V938 detrained passengers onto the track near Kilbride without having arranged the required train protection with the ARTC Network Controller in accordance with the ARTC Network rules and procedures.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2014-009-NSA-043
Action organisation: NSW Trains
Date: 17 January 2018
Action status: Closed - Action Taken

NSW Trains developed the following recommendations to address this safety issue:

  • Review the risk of “Person in path of rail vehicle” and define associated controls in the Safety Risk Register.
  • Develop and implement a procedure for the DOCC to remind Train Crew of the imperative to obtain authority from the relevant Network Controller and ensure protection is put in place whenever access to the track may be required.
  • Request all Network Controllers where NSWT operate (SYDT, ARTC, John Holland Rail, QR) to implement a procedure where operators are reminded to obtain correct authority from Network Control and ensure protection is put in place whenever track access may be required.

Their flow chart for detrainment, OSP11 and OSP12 have been updated and communicated to reflect these.

Last update 17 January 2018