Rail safety issues and actions
|Date issued:||08 May 2008|
|Safety action status:|
|Background:||Why this Recommendation was developed|
The Works Infrastructure compliance officer (with overall planning responsibility for ensuring that the overpass work site was appropriately protected from train movements) and the North Geelong 'C' signalbox signaller implemented a method of safeworking based on section 15, rule 5 of the network rules. The variation in safeworking arrangements was not formally communicated to McElligott's, VicRoads or the ARTC. No opportunity was afforded these agencies to review/challenge the safeworking arrangement and to determine whether it was safe and fit for purpose. The revised safeworking arrangements were clearly in contravention of the safety plan that had been agreed between McElligott's, VicRoads and the ARTC.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that V/Line Regional Network and Access take action to address this safety issue.