Rail safety investigations & reports

Rail Safety Worker near hit by train 89K and 88D, Sydney Airport Tunnel, NSW, on 8 September 2018

Investigation number:
RO-2018-021
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

An investigation has been launched in the near hit of a rail safety worker by train 89K and 88D, Sydney Airport Tunnel, NSW, on 8 September 2018.

This investigation is being led by the New South Wales Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI). OTSI conducts marine and rail investigations in NSW on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

On 8 September 2018 at 0911, train 89K travelling in the Down direction reported a near hit with a person wearing high-visibility clothing within the Sydney Airport Tunnel. At around the same time, the driver of train 88D travelling in the Up direction also reported a near hit with the same person. Sydney Trains were unable to identify the person until the person reported being involved in the incident at 1700 that day. The person advised that they were a rail safety worker and had gotten lost from their work group.

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 relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken.

General details
Date: 08 September 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0911 AEST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Sydney Airport Tunnel   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019    

Train 1 details

Train 1 details
Line operator Sydney Trains  
Train operator Sydney Trains  
Train registration 89K  
Type of operation Passenger  
Sector Passenger - metropolitan  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Circular Quay, NSW  
Destination Macarthur, NSW  

Train 2 details

Train 2 details
Line operator Sydney Trains  
Train operator Sydney Trains  
Train registration 88D  
Type of operation Passenger  
Sector Passenger - metropolitan  
Damage to train Nil  
Destination Central Station, NSW  
Last update 20 November 2018