Rail safety issues and actions

Provisional type approval process

Issue number: RO-2014-013-SI-04
Who it affects: All rail transport operators throughout Australia
Issue owner: V/Line
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2014-013
Date: 14 May 2015

Safety issue description

The VCA type 37 turnout design and V/Line’s provisional type approval process did not fully identify the subtle design changes inherent with the VCA type 37 turnout in determining testing, commissioning and validation needs.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: V/Line
Action number: RO-2014-013-NSA-013
Date: 09 April 2015
Action status: Monitor

V/Line is developing a comprehensive safety in design process which will be integrated with the type approval process within our Safety Management System. The safety in design process will be mandated for all design of systems and products in compliance with:

  • Rail Safety National Legislation;
  • Safe Work Australia guidelines; and
  • Worksafe Victoria guidelines.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the actions proposed by V/Line 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 V/Line had not yet been fully implemented.

Last update 14 May 2015