Crashworthiness standards
Date issue released
Safety Issue Description

The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board did not provide design and/or performance standards on modular cabin resilience and retention for locomotive crashworthiness.

Issue number
Issue Status
Closed – Adequately addressed
Transport Function
Rail: Other
Issue Owner
Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board
Mode of Transport
Issue Status Justification

The ATSB is satisfied that the requirement to consider the retention of modular cabins in the Australian standard will reduce the risk of this safety issue.

Proactive action
Action number
Rail Industry Safety Standards Board
Action Status
Action description

Following the accident, the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board advised the ATSB that they will feed the issue of modular cabin crashworthiness into the update of the relevant Australian Standards, which had already been underway. This would include industry engagement.

On 22 June 2022, the Rail Industry Safety Standards Board released an updated version of the Australian Standard AS7520.1:2022 Australian railway rolling stock - Body structural requirements - Part 1 – Locomotive. The update included reference to modular cabs:

15.3 Modular cabs

The retention of modular cabs within the limits of the rolling stock shall have at least one level of redundancy.