As a result of this occurrence, Genesee & Wyoming Australia advised that they have undertaken an independent audit of their policies and procedures for the receiving, storage, handling, transporting and delivery practices at the Alice Springs and Darwin yards – relative to dangerous goods on GWA-accredited intermodal trains. The audit encompassed the following aspects:
- Communications with customers re DGs at the time bookings are made – chain of responsibility.
- Receipt of DGs at terminal and adequacy of the receipting process. Documentation relative to GWA’s responsibilities and gaining assurance as to nature of the goods – chain of responsibility.
- Segregation and placarding of loaded and compliance of same with code of practice.
- Adequacy of training delivered to train crews, transport controllers and supervisors.
- Existence and adequacy of emergency/evacuation plans relative to DGs at the terminal.
While the likelihood of such events is relatively low, Genesee Wyoming Australia’s review of policy and procedures will help identify opportunities to further mitigate the risks of transporting dangerous goods. The ATSB is satisfied that, when fully implemented, the actions proposed by Genesee & Wyoming Australia should address this safety issue.