Rail safety investigations & reports

Near miss with maintenance worker on the Skitube Alpine Railway at Bullocks Flat, NSW, on 3 July 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


An investigation has commenced by ATSB into the circumstances that led to the near miss between a train and a maintenance worker on the Perisher Blue Skitube railway at Bullocks Flat NSW on 3 July 2019.

At 1700 EST, a maintenance worker was forced to move clear of train set #3 as the brakes released and it was driven. There were no passengers on the train at this time, the train was being split up from a four carriage set to a two carriage set and an inspection on the traction motors had commenced. The train was over an inspection pit on the West Platform at the Bullocks Flat terminal.

This investigation is being led by the Office of Transport Safety Investigator (OTSI). OTSI conducts rail investigations in NSW on behalf of the ATSB under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

As part of the investigation, OTSI will obtain details from the rolling stock operator including but not limited to confirmation of safety controls in place, train driver interviews, maintenance worker interviews, train controller interviews, radio communication recordings and other factros which may have contributed to the incident.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 03 July 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1900 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Bullocks Flat   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2019    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Skitube Alpine Railway  
Train operator Perisher Blue Ltd  
Train registration Set 3  
Type of operation Passenger  
Sector Passenger - regional  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Bullocks Flat, NSW  
Destination Bullocks Flat, NSW  
Last update 09 October 2019