Rail safety issues and actions

Train crew distraction and priorities

Issue number: RO-2013-028-SI-03
Who it affects: All owners and operators of freight trains
Issue owner: Genesee and Wyoming Australia
Operation affected: Rail: Freight
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-028
Date: 17 February 2015

Safety issue description

The train crew had conflicting responsibilities distracting them from the safety critical task of driving. GWA did not have specific policies and procedures to define responsibilities of train crews approaching safety critical phases of operation.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Genesee and Wyoming Australia
Action number: RO-2013-028-NSA-080
Date: 17 February 2015
Action status: Released

As per safety issue RO-2013-028-SI-02, Genesee Wyoming Australia advised that they will be introducing a critical safety zone behaviours workshop and program, incorporating lessons learnt from occurrence investigations.

In addition, GWA management advised that in February 2014, a Shared Learnings information sheet was issued as an item of discussion for train crews at toolbox meetings across the organisation.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that, when fully implemented, the actions proposed by Genesee Wyoming Australia should address this safety issue.

Current issue status: Safety action pending
Status justification:

At the time of this report release, the safety action advised by GWA had not yet been fully implemented.

Last update 25 February 2015