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Safety Advisory Notice issued to: Australian Rail Track Corporation

Recommendation details
Output No: RO-2009-009-SAN-027
Date issued: 20 January 2011
Safety action status: Closed
Background: Why this Safety Advisory Notice was developed

Output text

Project scheduling

Minor safety issue
As the re-signalling of Cootamundra neared completion it became necessary to undertake control table and software development concurrently to meet the targeted commissioning date. Normally control table and software development is done sequentially to ensure that all the control table logic is fully reflected in the final software and associated validation/testing processes.

Action taken by the Australian Rail Track Corporation
The Australian Rail Track Corporation has advised that the following action will be taken with respect to the programming of signal works.

Mandate completion of design verification 8 days prior to commencement of Commissioning.  Exceptions to be managed by Waiver process.

ATSB assessment of action
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau acknowledges that the Australian Rail Track Corporation have developed procedures that will mandate design verification 8 days prior to commencement of signal system commissioning. However, the Australian Rail Track Corporation needs to ensure that all elements of a program have adequate time to safely implement all elements of a project.

Safety Advisory Notice
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau advises that the Australian Rail Track Corporation should consider the implications of this safety issue and take action where considered appropriate.

 
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Last update 04 September 2012