Rail safety issues and actions

Procedures for sharing workload in two-driver operation

Issue number: RO-2018-007-SI-04
Who it affects: The operator’s train crew
Issue owner: Aurizon
Transport function: Rail: Freight
Background: Investigation Report RO-2018-007
Issue release date: 30 June 2020
Current issue status: Open – Safety action pending

Safety issue description

Aurizon’s procedures and guidance for two-driver operation during situations such as a condition affecting the network (CAN) did not facilitate the effective sharing of duties and teamwork to minimise the potential effects of degraded conditions on driver workload and fatigue.

Proactive action

Action number: RO-2018-007-NSA-033
Action organisation: Aurizon
Date: 30 June 2020
Action status: Monitor

In June 2020, in response to the draft report, Aurizon advised:

Aurizon will review its procedures for the management of workload in two-driver operations in circumstances where Conditions Affecting the Network may impact on driver workload.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB acknowledges Aurizon’s intent to review its procedures for the management of workload in two-driver operations, and the ATSB will seek updates on the progress of Aurizon’s activities to address this issue on a regular basis.

Last update 30 June 2020