Rail safety issues and actions

Unaware of forced lead function

Issue number: RO-2020-008-SI-03
Issue owner: Aurizon
Transport function: Rail: Rolling stock
Background: Investigation Report RO-2020-008
Issue release date: 26 October 2021
Current issue status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Status to be provided by Operator during DIP process

Safety issue description

The train crew had not been trained to use forced lead function which would likely have allowed the train crew to regain control of the locomotives

Proactive action

Action number: RO-2020-008-PSA-03
Action organisation: Aurizon
Date: 01 February 2022
Action status: Monitor

Aurizon is currently developing training resources to enable more effective training in emergency situations.

ATSB comment:

This included instruction to train crew on how and when to use the forced lead function.

Changes to the bank locomotive working Chilcotts Creek to Ardglen procedure notes all drivers should be aware of the forced lead function, how to activate it and what happens when it is activated.

Ensuring training resources are and remain in place is paramount to ameliorate training in emergency situations.

Last update 01 February 2022