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The ATSB is investigating a safe working rule/procedure breach involving Sydney Trains passenger service W532 at Blackheath, NSW on 2 September 2018.

On 2 September 2018, a work group entered the rail corridor at 119.650 km between Mt Victoria and Katoomba at Blackheath to carry out a planned track inspection. The signaller advised the work group’s protection officer the work group were safe to enter the corridor once train W532 had past their location. The protection officer estimated the time W532 would pass the work site and advised the workgroup they could commence work on track at 0807. At approximately 0810, with the workgroup on track, they observed W532 approaching their work site and were required to evacuate the rail corridor urgently.

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into this accident, which is being undertaken by officers from the NSW Office of Transport Safety Investigations, under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. Investigators have commenced collecting evidence and statements from involved parties, which will be analysed and a draft investigation report compiled.

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: 02 September 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 0811 AEST Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):Blackheath Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Safe Working Irregularity/Breach 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: None 
Train details
Line operator: Sydney Trains 
Train operator: NSW Trains 
Train registration: W532 
Type of operation: Passenger 
Sector: Passenger - regional 
Damage to train: Nil 
Departure point:Mt. Victoria, NSW
Destination:Sydney Termina, NSW
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Last update 08 October 2018