Rail safety investigations & reports

Fatality involving a track-mounted excavator, Evandale, Tasmania, on 20 July 2022

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating an accident involving a track-mounted excavator at Evandale, Tasmania, on the morning of 20 July 2022.

Workers were conducting track maintenance on Tasmania’s South Line when a track-mounted excavator toppled onto its side while lifting a rail maintenance trailer. The vehicle’s operator was fatally injured, and another worker sustained minor injuries.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include examination of the accident site and wreckage, and the collection of other relevant evidence, including interviews with key involved parties and witness reports.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.

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

General details
Date: 20 July 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1100 AEST    
Location: Lehmans Road, Evandale   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Tasmania    
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Last update 28 July 2022