Rail safety issues and actions
Recommendation issued to: WestNet Rail
|Date issued:||26 June 2009|
|Safety action status:||Closed|
|Background:||Why this Recommendation was developed|
There was no record to indicate that a worn section of rail, inserted into the track on 25 July 2007, was tested as being suitable for reuse as prescribed in the WestNet Rail Standard Gauge Mainline Code of Practrice. The lack of construction and maintenance documentation compromises the ability to maintain railway infrastructure safely and places greater importance on adhering to mandated test procedures.
Action taken by WestNet Rail
WestNet Rail has advised:
A complete review of WestNet Rail's ultrasonic testing regime is being conducted by Monash University's Institute of Railway Technology to ensure best practice is being followed.
WestNet Rail has also advised that it is establishing an electronic track asset management system.
ATSB assessment of action
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau notes that WestNet Rail has taken action in response to this safety issue. These actions are still in the formative stage. WestNet Rail does not yet have systems in place that address the specific safety issue.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that WestNet Rail takes action to address this safety issue.