Rail safety investigations & reports

Collision between freight train 7SP3 and a track mounted excavator near Jaurdi, WA, 28 March 2011

Investigation number:
RO-2011-006
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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At about 1308 on 28 March 2011 a collision involving freight train 7SP3 and a track mounted excavator occurred between Jaurdi and Darrine, Western Australia.

The train driver sustained a minor injury. There was significant damage to the lead locomotive and the excavator, and minor damage to the track as a result of the accident.

The investigation found that two track mounted excavators had been placed back on the track without permission of the Authorised Employee responsible for the coordination of track side safeworking activities between Jaurdi and Darrine. Other findings were that the communication equipment available to the track crews was inadequate, the sharing of safeworking protection information at pre-work briefings had not occurred and the application of a WestNet Rule had been simplified.

The investigation identified three safety issues, each of which has been addressed, as applicable, by the track access provider or track maintenance organisation.

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Preliminary report released 28 June 2011

At about 1308 on 28 March 2011 a collision involving freight train 7SP3 and a track mounted excavator occurred near Jaurdi, Western Australia.

The train driver sustained a minor injury. There was significant damage to the lead locomotive and the excavator, and minor damage to the track as a result of the incident.

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General details
Date: 28 March 2011   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1308 WST    
Location   (show map): near Jaurdi   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 04 April 2012    
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Accident  
  Highest injury level: Minor  

Train details

Train details
Train registration Train 7SP3  
Type of operation Freight  
Damage to train Serious  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Perth, WA  
Last update 14 November 2018