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The ATSB is investigating the safe working irregularity/breach involving Sydney Trains passenger service 59-J, near Tempe, NSW on 31 July 2017

At approximately 1000 31 July 2017, Sydney Trains passenger service 59-J was travelling on the Down Illawarra Local line towards Tempe Station, when the driver observed track workers in the danger zone, without adequate protection. The driver applied the train brakes and blew the horn and the workers were able to reach a safe place, before the train passed the workers location. There were no reports of injuries or damage. The track workers were being protected under a method of worksite protection called Lookout Working, which used lookouts as the only safety measure.

A final safety report will be released following the conclusion of the ATSB’s investigation. Should a safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 31 July 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 1000 EST Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review 
Location   (show map):near Tempe Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Safe Working Irregularity/Breach 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Train details
Line operator: Sydney Trains 
Train operator: Sydney Trains 
Train registration: 59-J 
Type of operation: Empty passenger service 
Sector: Passenger - metropolitan 
Damage to train: Nil 
Departure point:Central, NSW
Destination:Kingsgrove, NSW
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Last update 14 November 2018