Rail safety investigations & reports

Safeworking occurrence involving NSW TrainLink 283D and outer handsignaller, Dora Creek, New South Wales, on 9 May 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


At approximately 1526 on Saturday 9 May 2020, a rail worker, performing the role of outer handsignaller working under a Track Work Authority near Dora Creek, was involved in a near-hit incident with NSW TrainLink Intercity service 283D, the 1453 Newcastle to Sydney service.

The handsignaller was reported by the driver as walking along the middle of the Up Main track at around the 130.5 km mark. The driver of 283D sounded the train whistle and applied the emergency brakes to avoid a collision with the worker.

The incident was reported to the Sydney Trains Rail Operations Centre and an Incident Rail Commander was dispatched to the scene to investigate.

An ATSB investigation is being undertaken by officers from the NSW Office of Transport Safety Investigations, under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. Investigators have commenced collecting evidence from involved parties.

The investigation will involve a site visit to the location of the event, evaluation of relevant worksite protection documentation, analysis of recorded audio and interviews with relevant stakeholders.

The draft report will be forwarded to relevant parties for comment prior to the completion and release of the final report.

Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.

General details
Date: 09 May 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1526 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Dora Creek   Investigation phase: Final report: Drafting  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2021    

Train details

Train details
Line operator Sydney Trains  
Train operator NSW TrainLink  
Train registration 283D  
Type of operation Heavy Rail Vehicle  
Sector Passenger - regional  
Damage to train Nil  
Departure point Newcastle, New South Wales  
Destination Sydney, New South Wales  
Last update 16 October 2020