Rail safety investigations & reports

Safe working irregularity/breach of Sydney Trains passenger service 59-J, near Tempe, NSW on 31 July 2017

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: External review Read more information on this investigation phase


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 level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Tempe   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2019    

Train details

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  
Last update 11 July 2019