Rail safety issues and actions

Rostering of the driver inconsistent with rostering principles

Issue number: RO-2018-004-SI-05
Who it affects: Rail rostering managers
Issue owner: Sydney Trains
Transport function: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Background: Investigation Report RO-2018-004
Issue release date: 20 December 2019
Current issue status: Not addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB makes the following recommendation so that actions to address the safety issue are effectively monitored and reported.

Safety issue description

The rostering of the driver in the days leading up to the incident was inconsistent with Sydney Trains' rostering principles.


Action number: RO-2018-004-SR-020
Action organisation: Sydney Trains
Date: 20 December 2019
Action status: Released

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Sydney Trains take safety action to ensure that existing procedures regarding adequate rest breaks between shift cycles and start time rotations are reinforced to safeguard against fatigue impairment of train crew.

Last update 20 December 2019