Rail safety issues and actions
|Date issued:||06 March 2008|
|Safety action status:|
|Background:||Why this Recommendation was developed|
Network rules and procedures were deficient with respect to ensuring the registration of leading locomotive radios on the CountryNet communication system prior to departure. This increased the risk of trains entering the network without being registered on the CountryNet communication system and therefore not being contactable using the primary communications system during emergencies.
Action taken by/response from the Australian Rail Track Corporation
Following the incident Australian Rail Track Corporation began recording all incidents where trains were found to be non-compliant with regulation 60A. During the period 1st November 2006 and 30th June 2007, 371 incidents were recorded and reported to ITSRR.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Australian Rail Track Corporation continue to take action to address this safety issue.