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Safety issues and actions
Issue, description, who it affects Date, status, type
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2020-006-SI-01 Unapproved practice during TWA
Number: RO-2020-006-SI-01
Description: RO-2020-006-SI-01 :There was an unapproved practice occurring during Track Work Authority of asking the Outer Handsignaller to remove Railway Track Signals from the track as a train was closely approaching in order to let it run free, which placed the Outer Handsignaller at risk of being struck by the train.
Issue owner: Sydney Trains
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Date, status, type
Date: 20 May 2021
Status: Open – Safety action pending
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2018-002-SI-05Use of event recorders to monitor driver performance
Number: RO-2018-002-SI-05
Description: RO-2018-002-SI-05:Prior to the signal passed at danger (SPAD) occurrence in January 2018, Queensland Rail did not routinely and systematically analyse recorded data to determine driver compliance with key operational rules that had been designed to minimise the risk of SPADs.
Issue owner: Queensland Rail
Operation affected: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Date, status, type
Date: 15 Apr 2021
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2018-002-SI-04 Implementation of risk triggered commentary driving (RTCD)
Number: RO-2018-002-SI-04
Description: RO-2018-002-SI-04 :After mandating the use of risk triggered commentary driving (in 2011) to mitigate the risk of signals passed at danger, Queensland Rail Citytrain did not provide the necessary support to its trainers, assessors and drivers to effectively maximise the potential benefits of the technique and minimise the potential limitations or ...
Issue owner: Queensland Rail
Operation affected: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Date, status, type
Date: 15 Apr 2021
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2018-002-SI-03Design of the automatic warning system (AWS)
Number: RO-2018-002-SI-03
Description: RO-2018-002-SI-03:The automatic warning system (AWS) provided the same audible alarm and visual indication to a driver on the approach to all restricted signals (that is, double yellow, yellow, flashing yellow and red aspects). The potential for habituation, and the absence of a higher priority alert when approaching a signal displaying ...
Issue owner: Queensland Rail
Operation affected: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Date, status, type
Date: 15 Apr 2021
Status: Closed – Partially addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2018-002-SI-02Oversight of the train driver maintenance of competency process
Number: RO-2018-002-SI-02
Description: RO-2018-002-SI-02:Queensland Rail’s management oversight of the Citytrain driver maintenance of competency (MOC) process did not include planned assurance activities or regular and effective auditing of how the MOC assessments were being conducted, even after there were multiple indications that the process was not being conducted as designed.
Issue owner: Queensland Rail
Operation affected: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Date, status, type
Date: 07 Apr 2021
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2018-009-SI-01 Inspection processes
Number: RO-2018-009-SI-01
Description: RO-2018-009-SI-01 :Pacific National’s inspection processes did not identify key structural points for inspection on RRYY class wagons, including the susceptibility to cracking in the junction between container loading outriggers, pull rod boxed opening, and the bottom centre sill sections. This reduced the likelihood of cracks being detected.
Issue owner: Pacific National
Operation affected: Rail: Freight
Date, status, type
Date: 23 Dec 2020
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2019-003-SI-01 Management of track lateral stability
Number: RO-2019-003-SI-01
Description: RO-2019-003-SI-01 :The ARTC systems for managing track lateral stability did not lead to the location being managed as a location potentially vulnerable to instability.
Issue owner: Australian rail Track Corporation
Operation affected: Rail: Freight
Date, status, type
Date: 16 Dec 2020
Status: Open – Safety action pending
Type: Safety recommendation
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2018-008-SI-04Radial unitising straps not required in the Freight Loading Manual
Number: RO-2018-008-SI-04
Description: RO-2018-008-SI-04:Pacific National's Freight Loading Manual did not require the use of radial unitising straps to prevent telescoping on jumbo coils where the thickness of the steel was greater than 2 mm.
Issue owner: Pacific National Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Freight
Date, status, type
Date: 10 Dec 2020
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2018-008-SI-03Load restraint system
Number: RO-2018-008-SI-03
Description: RO-2018-008-SI-03:Pacific National did not demonstrate that the load restraint system provided by demountable cradles carrying jumbo coils was safe and fit for purpose.
Issue owner: Pacific National Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Freight
Date, status, type
Date: 10 Dec 2020
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
  Safety recommendation
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2018-008-SI-02Radial unitising straps contacting the cradle
Number: RO-2018-008-SI-02
Description: RO-2018-008-SI-02:Pacific National's Freight Loading Manual did not require a combination of radial unitising straps on jumbo coils positioned such that a strap was always free from contact with the cradle. The provision of straps in this configuration would have reduced the risk of the coil telescoping in the event of ...
Issue owner: Pacific National Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Freight
Date, status, type
Date: 10 Dec 2020
Status: Closed – Partially addressed
Type: Safety recommendation
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2018-008-SI-01Rubber load mats not required in the Freight Loading Manual
Number: RO-2018-008-SI-01
Description: RO-2018-008-SI-01:Pacific National's Freight Loading Manual, specific to the loading and unitising of jumbo coils, did not require the use of rubber load mat on cradles. Consequently, there was no requirement to consider the condition of load mat during inspection and maintenance. This allowed the continued use of cradles without load ...
Issue owner: Pacific National Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Freight
Date, status, type
Date: 10 Dec 2020
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2020-005-SI-01 Alstom's validation and fault monitoring processes
Number: RO-2020-005-SI-01
Description: RO-2020-005-SI-01 :Neither Alstom’s validation processes nor fault monitoring processes were sufficient to detect the overcharging of batteries prior to the event.
Issue owner: Alstom Australia Limited
Operation affected: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Date, status, type
Date: 03 Dec 2020
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2019-013-SI-02 Maintenance records
Number: RO-2019-013-SI-02
Description: RO-2019-013-SI-02 :Inspection records for the December 2010 wheelset maintenance activity and wheel change on wheelset number 7E5S 831444 were not available. It is a requirement specified in Pacific National's Wagon Maintenance Manual that records be retained for a period of 12 years.
Who it affects: All owners and maintainers of rolling stock
Issue owner: Pacific National
Operation affected: Rail: Rolling stock
Date, status, type
Date: 24 Nov 2020
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2019-013-SI-01 Axle testing
Number: RO-2019-013-SI-01
Description: RO-2019-013-SI-01 :Axle testing on wheelset number 7E5S 831444 was not carried out during the two most recent wheelset maintenance events in January 2016 and November 2016. It is likely the axle crack existed at the time of these maintenance activities.
Who it affects: All owners and maintainers of rolling stock
Issue owner: Pacific National
Operation affected: Rail: Rolling stock
Date, status, type
Date: 24 Nov 2020
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2019-014-SI-02Elements of the safety and environment management system not error tolerant
Number: RO-2019-014-SI-02
Description: RO-2019-014-SI-02:Elements of the safety and environment management system are reliant on procedures being followed to manage safety risks. There is little scope for the system to recover when there has been a human error or other procedural error.
Issue owner: PerisherBlue Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Date, status, type
Date: 17 Nov 2020
Status: Closed – Partially addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2019-014-SI-03Positive isolation
Number: RO-2019-014-SI-03
Description: RO-2019-014-SI-03:The system of placing protection flags on both ends of a train set does not provide a positive isolation of energy to ensure a train cannot be moved while it is being worked on.
Issue owner: PerisherBlue Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Date, status, type
Date: 17 Nov 2020
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2019-014-SI-01Managing track access
Number: RO-2019-014-SI-01
Description: RO-2019-014-SI-01:The Skitube system for managing access to track did not detect the conflict of the rail maintenance worker under the train at the same time the train was being shunted.
Issue owner: PerisherBlue Pty Ltd
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Date, status, type
Date: 17 Nov 2020
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2019-002-SI-01No specific instructions provided
Number: RO-2019-002-SI-01
Description: RO-2019-002-SI-01:VicTrack’s contractor, UGL Engineering Limited, did not provide signalling testers with specific instructions detailing the scope of work to be conducted at each stage of a project, but rather, only provided packaged isolation plans for the entire project. The absence of these instructions increased the risk of the works being ...
Issue owner: VicTrack
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Date, status, type
Date: 22 Sep 2020
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2018-011-SI-03Process for co-ordinating network control activities during an emergency response
Number: RO-2018-011-SI-03
Description: RO-2018-011-SI-03:Queensland Rail did not have an effective process in place to ensure that safety-critical actions were co-ordinated and completed when multiple network control officers were involved in responding to an overhead line equipment emergency.  
Issue owner: Queensland Rail
Operation affected: Rail: Operations control
Date, status, type
Date: 01 Sep 2020
Status: Open – Safety action pending
Type: Proactive action
Issue, description, who it affects
Issue: RO-2018-011-SI-02Access to QR procedures and existence of Aurizon documents
Number: RO-2018-011-SI-02
Description: RO-2018-011-SI-02:Aurizon did not provide drivers with ready access to Queensland Rail’s procedures for driver only operations and overhead line equipment emergencies when they were operating on the Queensland Rail network. In addition, Aurizon did not have procedures for driver only operations that applied to its own network.
Issue owner: Aurizon
Operation affected: Rail: Freight
Date, status, type
Date: 01 Sep 2020
Status: Closed – Adequately addressed
Type: Proactive action
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