Missing procedure
Date issue released
Safety Issue Description

The procedure for predeparture testing, as part of the coupling procedure, required two competent staff. There was no procedure in the operations manual to ensure that a competent and qualified person was present to assist the driver.

Issue number
Issue Status
Closed – Adequately addressed
Transport Function
Rail: Freight
Issue Owner
RTA Weipa Pty Ltd
Mode of Transport
Issue Status Justification

The ATSB is satisfied that the updated Railway Operational Procedural Manual will reduce the risk of this safety issue.

Proactive action
Action number
RTA Weipa
Action Status
Closed - Action Taken
Action description

RTA Weipa Pty Ltd advised that the Railway Operational Procedures Manual has been updated to refer to, and require, a competent person to be present to assist the driver in the coupling and uncoupling procedure.