Rail safety issues and actions

Track defect management

Issue number: RO-2017-016-SI-01
Who it affects: Track Managers
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Operation affected: Rail: Freight
Background: Investigation Report RO-2017-016
Date: 06 March 2019

Safety issue description

ARTC allowed identified track twist defects to remain in track contrary to network track geometry requirements.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Action number: RO-2017-016-NSA-03
Date: 06 March 2019
Action status: Closed

ARTC has addressed localised processes and enhanced work management processes for the response to geometry conditions in accordance with ARTC’s Safety Management System. These initiatives are being driven by the implementation of the AMIP (Asset Management Improvement Program) including improving processes around scheduled maintenance, defects, work orders and responding to AK Car track geometry findings.

Also, as an outcome of the AMIP, a new structure was introduced such that Works Planning Managers and Area Planners are now in place to support Provisioning Centre teams in reviewing known conditions and required responses in order to better manage the maintenance and projects activities across the ARTC Network.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the safety action taken by ARTC addresses the safety issue.

Last update 11 July 2019