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.
|Date:||03 July 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1900 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Bullocks Flat||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||4th Quarter 2019|
|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|