Rail safety issues and actions

Use of all available and reasonably practicable risk controls when parking trams

Issue number: RO-2016-006-SI-04
Who it affects: Rolling Stock Operators
Issue owner: Sydney Tramway Museum
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Background: Investigation Report RO-2016-006
Date: 17 May 2019

Safety issue description

STM did not require the application of all available and reasonably practicable risk controls when parking trams with respect to their location and handbrake application.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Sydney Tramway Museum
Action number: RO-2016-006-NSA-014
Date: 17 May 2019
Action status: Closed

Since the incident, STM has:

  • Included yellow marking on its track to delineate level and inclined gradients
  • Provided training to all its operations staff on the correct use of handbrakes
  • Made it a requirement that trams are stabled on a level gradient
  • Made it a requirement to apply both a handbrake and a chock when parking trams and leaving them unattended.

ATSB response:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau notes the response provided and is satisfied that the action taken by STM addresses the safety issue.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Last update 17 May 2019