Emergency procedures coordination and completion
Date issue released
Safety Issue Description

TasRail’s processes for ensuring immediate network control actions in response to emergencies (such as runaway and authority exceedance) fundamentally relied on the experience and knowledge of network control officers and did not include the provision of procedures, tools and checklists detailed enough to support the effective management of specific types of incidents that require a time-critical response.

Issue number
Issue Status
Closed – Adequately addressed
Transport Function
Rail: Operations control
Issue Owner
Mode of Transport
Issue Status Justification

The ATSB is satisfied that TasRail’s emergency management checklists (for runaway, derailment, and overrun of limits authority) adequately address the safety issue.

Proactive action
Action number
Action date
Action Status
Action description

In February 2021, TasRail implemented 3 checklists to assist in ensuring consistent and sound decisions by network control officers during time-critical emergency responses. These were:

  • NA-FRM-800 Network control – rolling stock runaway checklist
  • NA-FRM-801 Network control – derailment checklist
  • NA-FRM-802 Network control – overrun of limits of authority checklist.