Rail safety investigations & reports

Safeworking irregularity at Robinson Road level crossing, Midland, Western Australia, on 14 July 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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.

General details
Date: 14 July 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1140 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Midland   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Western Australia    
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2021    

Train details

Train details
Line operator ARC Infrastructure  
Train operator SPENO  
Train registration RR24M30A  
Type of operation Rail grinding  
Sector Other  
Damage to train Nil  
Destination Midland, Western Australia  
Last update 29 October 2020