Rail safety issues and actions

ARTC Track infrastructure activities

Issue number: RO-2019-010-SI-02
Who it affects: All owners and operators of rail networks
Issue owner: Australian Rail Track Corporation
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2019-010
Issue release date: 07 May 2020
Current issue status: Safety action pending

Safety issue description

Post-incident inspection of the derailment site identified a number of factors that increased the risk of a derailment in the refuge and main line. ARTC’s maintenance activities had identified some but not all of these factors prior to the derailment.

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2019-010-NSA-001
Action organisation: Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Date: 07 May 2020
Action status: Released

Safety action taken: ARTC undertook restorative work following the derailment and repaired the section of track.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB notes that the action taken will addresses the immediate safety issue, but does not resolve the underlying factors that contributed to the safety issue.

Last update 07 May 2020