Rail safety investigations & reports

Safeworking irregularity near Flemington, NSW, on 3 September 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a safeworking irregularity near Flemington, NSW, on 3 September 2018.

At approximately 1130 Sydney Trains passenger service 45-E was travelling on the Up Suburban Line towards Flemington Station when the driver observed track workers in the danger zone. The driver applied the train's brakes and the workers were able to reach a safe place before the train passed their location. There were no reports of injuries or damage. The track workers had entered the danger zone before confirming they were protected under Lookout Working, which uses lookouts as the only safety measure.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain an engineering report, interview the crew and gather additional information.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical 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: 03 September 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1130 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Flemington   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Sydney Trains  
Train operator Sydney Trains  
Train registration 45-E  
Type of operation Passenger service  
Sector Passenger - metropolitan  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Leppington, NSW  
Destination Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW  
Last update 05 March 2019