Safe railways for Australia

NSW Safety Alerts


  • Potential defects in spoked wheels and drawhooks
    6 August 2013

    This Safety Alert states that the ITSRR requests that accredited persons and/or rolling stock maintainers in NSW who operate and/or maintain heritage rolling stock develop and implement an appropriate NDT regime to confirm the structural integrity of drawhooks (over the entire length) and spoked wheels (includes the wheel rim, spokes and wheel hub).
  • Use of bio-mathematical models in managing risks of human fatigue in the workplace
    27 July 2013

    This Safety Alert outlines some of the limitations of fatigue models drawing on findings of a review of computer-based fatigue models undertaken by ITSR. The purpose of this alert is not to criticise fatigue modelling but to alert the rail industry of potential limitations in the use of such modelling, and to provide strategies for incorporating fatigue modelling into a fatigue risk management regime.
  • General public entering the rail corridor and danger zone
    10 July 2013

    This Safety Alert states that ITSRR’s investigation into the fatality of a rail safety worker that occurred at Ariah Park on 15 April 2006 has identified concerns with the management of the general public entering the rail corridor and danger zone when participating and witnessing heritage rolling stock events.
  • Operation of less than safely loaded wagons
    8 June 2013

    This Safety Alert has been published following instances of one or more wagons in a coal train consist being less than safely loaded at a coal loading point on a railway balloon loop off the main line.
  • Additional procedures for passing automatic signals
    6 June 2013

    This Safety Alert states that in the area bounded by Lithgow and Penrith, no train is to be authorised to pass an automatic signal at stop until the signaller has confirmed to the driver that the line ahead to the next signal is clear of trains.
  • Track occupancy authorities
    25 May 2013

    The purpose of this Safety Alert is to emphasise certain requirements relating to track occupancy authorities (TOA), including the requirements for placing protection for fixed worksites by placing detonators and flags/lights, and the safety issues involved when a TOA is issued with a train already occupying the area covered by the TOA.
  • Potential defect in CQMY wagon brake equipment
    11 May 2013

    This Safety Alert states that the ITSRR requests that accredited persons and rolling stock maintainers in NSW read the attached safety alert issued by SCT Logistics in relation to a potential defect in CQMY wagon brake equipment. SCT Logistics has provided this alert to ITSRR for distribution to the rail industry.
  • Controlled signal blocking
    6 May 2013

    This Safety Alert states that accredited operators and rail infrastructure managers should ensure that all personnel who might apply Controlled Signal Blocking are aware of, understand, and apply network procedure requirements.
  • Retainer pin assembly CHQY, CHSY, FQPY & FQCY wagon couplers
    1 May 2013

    This Safety Alert states that the ITSRR requests that accredited persons and rolling stock maintainers in NSW read the attached safety alert issued by FreightLink in relation to a derailment in the Northern Territory. The purpose of this procedure is to ensure that all wagons operating on FreightLink services that are fitted with murray keys (CHQY, CHSY, FQCY, FPPY) have the retainer pin assembly and associated components inspected to ensure the murray keys will not dislodge while in service.