The ATSB is investigating a level crossing boom irregularity on Robinson Road, Midland, Western Australia, on 14 July 2020.
A rail grinder entered into the Robinson Road level crossing activation zone and activated the level crossing. The rail grinder team were to spend some time working within this zone. Consequently, in order to prevent road traffic congestion, rail safety workers were sent to manage safe road travel over the crossing. The team latched the crossing boom arm in the ‘up’ position to allow road traffic to pass over the crossing. Upon completion of that work, the team handed back the track to train control.
At about 1140 Western Standard Time, a train travelled over the Robinson Road level crossing with only partial protections in place. The train crew notified train control that the boom gates did not lower, but the lights and bells were working.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain a report from the operator, interview the workers, and gather additional information.
|Date:||14 July 2020||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1140 WST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Midland||Investigation phase:||Examination and analysis|
|Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2021|
|Line operator||ARC Infrastructure|
|Type of operation||Rail grinding|
|Damage to train||Nil|
|Destination||Midland, Western Australia|