Rail safety issues and actions

Track maintenance personnel training and development

Issue number: RO-2015-029-SI-04
Who it affects: Managers of rail networks
Issue owner: V/Line Pty Ltd
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2015-029
Issue release date: 12 July 2017
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The proactive safety action should address the safety issue.

Safety issue description

There was an identified gap in the knowledge of track maintenance personnel that was probably the result of deficiencies in training and development. In addition, network standards for the assessment of track lateral stability, including creep management, provided limited information and tools for maintenance personnel.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2015-029-NSA-044
Action organisation: V/Line Pty Ltd
Date: 12 July 2017
Action status: Closed

V/Line advised that weaknesses in the training material for the adjustment of jointed track had been rectified, including the development of a rail adjustment training manual covering the maintenance of track stability and the management of stress in rails.

Maintenance personnel had undergone additional training to address identified gaps and capability improvements were being underpinned by specialised in-field mentoring.

In addition, the network standard NIST-2708 for the inspection and assessment of lateral stability has been reviewed, updated and re-issued. 

Last update 27 July 2017