Historical presentations and other papers include those published by previous state and territory regulators before commencement of ONRSR on 20 January 2013.

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Additional procedures for passing automatic signals
Jun 6, 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.

ATSB investigation report - shunting activities
Apr 19, 2013

An incident on 2 February 2005 investigated by ATSB, reported that a number of factors that contributed to the incident may be relevant to other railway organisations that undertake shunting activities.

ATSB investigation report: Defined Interstate Rail Network (DIRN) derailment near Glenalta
Feb 2, 2013

A safety investigation has now been completed by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and includes safety recommendations to improve railway operational safety.

Axle failure
Oct 7, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the Rail Safety Unit requests that rail transport operators in Tasmania read the attached investigation report released by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in the United Kingdom on 6 October 2011 into an axle failure and subsequent derailment on a narrow gauge heritage railway.

Ballast regulator – system failure
Dec 10, 2013

This Safety Alert states that Accredited Rail Transport Organisations either using hydraulically operated ballast regulators or engaging service providers who use these track machines need to be aware of the potential for this type of incident to occur.

Basic safety principles for any activity on or about the track
May 19, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the basic safety principles include the seperation of people and trans, adjacent line protection and determination of a safe place or refuge.

Being within the rollingstock outline
Aug 17, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the intent of this RISN is to provide the widest possible advice regarding the risks identified above in relation to this practice. With effective procedures and well maintained equipment there is no reason people need to be exposed to this risk.

Brake testing for the westinghouse WF2-6M triple valves
Feb 9, 2013

This Safety Alert states that a derailment in WA on 31 May 2003 resulted from the effects on the track structure by up to 250mm "flats" that had developed on the wheels of the leading bogie of the offending wagon.

Braking systems of Hi-rail vehicles
Jan 10, 2013

This Safety Alert states that an incident with potentially serious safety concerns occurred in WA following the runaway of a heavy duty rail mounted mobile flash welder truck. The investigation of the incident revealed that during the on-tracking process there was a period when the road wheels were above the road surface but not in contact with the rail wheels as they were being lowered, hence the transmission brake and road wheel brakes could not assist the rail wheel brakes in holding the vehicle on the prevailing gradient.

Catastrophic failure of freight axles in the barrel area
Apr 12, 2013

This Safety Alert states that there have been three catastrophic freight axle failures in NSW over the past six years with the most recent incident occurring at Coalcliff on 23 November 2011. In each of these incidents, the axles failed through fatigue as a result of a stress raiser (or initiator) such as a heavy impact mark or sharp transverse incision.

Checklist for level crossing investigations
Aug 8, 2013

This information is collected in accordance with the Privacy & Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) and the Health Records & Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW) and will be treated confidentially.

Controlled signal blocking
May 6, 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.

Cyclone and storm season - questions and actions for rail transport operators
Nov 18, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the Bureau of Metrology has reported that Queensland may experience above average tropical cyclone activity this coming season, with up to six cyclones developing in the Coral Sea. It is also likely to be wetter than normal in most parts. All railways in Queensland need to be prepared for the sudden impact of destructive winds, heavy rainfall with flooding and damaging storm surges.

Data loggers code of practice guideline
Oct 18, 2021

This compliance code had effect in NSW until the repeal of the Rail Safety (Adoption of National Law) Regulation 2012 (NSW) in July 2018. It is provided here for historical and reference purposes only.

Driver Distractions
Oct 28, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the ITSRR has become aware of an Emergency Order issued by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) of the United States. Emergency Order 26 – Emergency Order to Restrict On-Duty Railroad Operating Employees’ Use of Cellular Telephones and Other Distracting Electronic and Electrical Devices – outlines the potential safety implications of the improper usage of distracting devices.

Effective application of blind fasteners on rolling stock (and infrastructure)
Dec 12, 2013

This Safety Alert states that during a recent program of replacing walkover seat mounts on an electric multiple unit, a rail transport operator noticed that blind fasteners did not appear to be formed and/or secured correctly for the proper installation of the seat mount to the carbody floor. At the time, it was also determined that there was no reasonably practicable technique for conclusively demonstrating that a blind fastener had been correctly formed.

Effective operation and management of hi-rail equipment
Mar 21, 2013

This Safety Alert states that number of recent RRV incidents have resulted in either runaways and/or derailments due to the loss of braking capacity, the application of an insufficient braking force or the failure of the rail guidance equipment.

Effective operation and management of hi-rail equipment
Oct 29, 2013

This Safety Alert states that there has been an increase in serious incidents relating to hi-rail operations in Australia over the past 12 months. Since January 2011, there have been 19 reportable high-rail vehicle related incidents in Queensland.

Effective securement with handbrakes and stopblock functionality
Apr 13, 2013

This Safety Alert refers to effective securement with handbrakes and stopblock functionality. It requires rail infrastructure managers and rolling stock operators to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of existing practices and procedures.

Emergency management plans – actions for rail transport operators
Jan 10, 2013

This Safety Alert states that in the event of a serious incident or emergency involving railway operations, it is critical that accredited rail transport operators have in place effective emergency management plans.

Fatal accident – North Yorkshire moors railway lessons learned
Sep 21, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the Rail Safety Unit requests that rail transport operators in Tasmania read the attached investigation report released by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in the United Kingdom into an accident on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in which the train’s guard was fatally injured during shunting operations.

Freightlink Murray Key Safety Alert
Apr 28, 2013

This Safety Alert states that on 22 April 2008 a coupler from a CHQY hopper wagon dislodged resulting in a derailment approximately 55km south of Darwin.

General public entering the rail corridor and danger zone
Aug 10, 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.

Hi-rail safety - Inspection, maintenance and fitness for purpose
Feb 20, 2013

This Safety Alert states that all Hi-rail operators and maintainers are asked to ensure the 'fitness for purpose' of Hi-rail vehicles for operation in the rail mode.

Inadequate safety management systems (tourist & heritage railways)
Mar 14, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the Rail Safety Unit requests that rail transport operators in Tasmania read the attached investigation report released by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2012 into a boiler incident on the Kirklees Light Railway.

Initial SPAD data collection tool for rail infrastructure managers - Tool A
Aug 8, 2013

This information is collected in accordance with the Privacy & Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) and the Health Records & Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW) and will be treated confidentially.

Inspecting Wagons while Shunting Movements Occurring
Sep 15, 2013

This Safety Alert states that operators are requested to ensure that appropriate measures are taken and to make certain that systems are in place to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety of persons inspecting or maintaining wagons within maintenance facilities, especially when the movement of rolling stock is occurring.

Inspection of safety critical door components and door closure processes
Oct 8, 2013

An investigation by TAIC into an incident on 15 May 2003, has resulted in a safety alert issued by Transport SA with actions for operators and maintainers of passenger trains with bi-parting doors.

Investigation reports – track worker fatalities (NSW)
Jun 15, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the Rail Safety Unit requests that rail transport operators in Tasmania read the attached investigation reports released by the Office of Transport Safety Investigations (NSW) and the ATSB which relate to track worker fatalities at Kogarah and Newbridge both in New South Wales.

Isolation of train protection systems
May 18, 2013

This Safety Alert states that all rail safety workers, including train drivers and those responsible for maintenance of rolling stock have a duty to comply with the SMS. Recently, there have been incidents where locomotives have been operated with train protection systems isolated in contravention of the railway’s SMS. In one case, confusion about respective responsibilities compounded the situation.

Locomotive boiler operation, inspection, maintenance and repair
Jun 29, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the operation of a locomotive boiler is considered by the Rail Regulation Unit to be high risk work. Therefore, it is essential that these risks are appropriately mitigated so far as reasonably practicable. To comply with its rail safety duties, the RTO must ensure the operator of a locomotive boiler is competent in its operation.

Locomotive Underframe Bolster Cracking
Jul 13, 2013

This Safety Alert states that West Coast Railway and Freight Australia have detected a number of locomotives with substantial cracks in the underframe bolster assembly on older locomotives. The classes are Victorian B and S Class manufactured by Clyde Engineering.

Maintenance of reflective delineators fitted to railway rolling stock
Jan 13, 2014

This Safety Alert states that concerns have been raised by members of the public that due to the build-up of dust and dirt contamination on railway rolling stock that the conspicuity of the reflective delineators (strips) fitted to both sides of railway rolling stock is being reduced.

Management of trains carrying dangerous goods
Jul 24, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the recent Canadian rail disaster involving a runaway of an unmanned train consisting of crude oil cars that derailed in the middle of the small town of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec has highlighted the need for rail transport operators to review their current operational arrangements for trains carrying dangerous goods.

Managing Signals Passed at Danger paper
Aug 14, 2013

Signals Passed at Danger (SPAD) Information Paper outlining an introduction SPAD, data collection and investigation processes, data analysis and mitigation of identified SPAD problems.

Mitigation measures for Tool B – Rolling stock operators
Oct 2, 2013

This tool links to tool B – Appendix B – SPAD data collection tool B for rolling stock operators.

Mitigation measures for Tool C – Rail infrastructure managers
Aug 14, 2013

This report links to tool C – Appendix D – SPAD data collection tool C for Infrastructure Managers

Moving plant within rail maintenance and construction sites
Mar 21, 2012

This Safety Alert serves to remind accredited operators and railway infrastructure contractors of their responsibilities to appropriately control the risks associated with the operation of moving plant in the vicinity of people. All railway construction work and maintenance within the rail corridor must comply with applicable safe-working network rules, network procedures and operator specific procedures relating to the movement of rail mounted plant and moving plant on rail worksites. This type of work must also comply with the relevant OHS act, regulation and code of practice requirements relating to the movement and use of moving plant.

Operation of less than safely loaded wagons
Jun 8, 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.

Operation of signalling systems in degraded modes or for track worker protection
Oct 24, 2013

This Safety Alert states that there have recently been a number of incidents during infrastructure works, caused by incorrect operation of signalling systems in degraded modes or for track worker protection. One such incident occurred at Ringwood on 21 March 2010, where a metropolitan train sideswiped an infrastructure train.

Passenger Rolling stock - Open Windows
Sep 25, 2013

This Safety Alert states that a child fell recently from an open window of an accredited operator’s passenger train suffering minor injuries and was admitted to hospital. A preliminary investigation revealed that the child was standing on a seat at an open window and may have overbalanced with the movement of the train.

Passing signals at stop
Dec 14, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the Glenbrook rail accident has highlighted the need for rail personnel to be aware of their responsibilities and obligations to strictly adhere to the existing procedures covering passing signals at stop.

Plasser 09-16 Dual Cab Continuous Action Tamper - Braking System Failure
May 7, 2013

This Safety Alert states that a report has been received by the Office of Rail Safety (WA) relating to the loss of the service brake operation on a Plasser 09-16 Dual Cab Continuous Action Tamper due to the brake lever in the rear cab being knocked into the release position by loose luggage which was stowed in the unattended cab.

Potential defect in CQMY wagon brake equipment
May 11, 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.

Potential defects in spoked wheels and drawhooks
Aug 6, 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).

Precautionary advice - Timken (6x11)E class package unit bearing seal failure
Dec 30, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the Pacific National has detected a number of Timkin E glass package unit bearings suffering from seal failure in their WA, VIC and QLD operations. Failure of this seal may result in excessive grease leakage and may expose the bearing to ingress of water and foreign bodies that can lead to premature bearing failure.

Precautionary advice - Timken E class package unit bearing seal failure
Feb 13, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the problems associated with the E Class Package Unit Bearings (PUB) supplied by Timkin appears to be wider spread than first reported with now approximately 4000 E Class PUB affected.

Progress update: ITSR asset management project presentation
Nov 22, 2013

This presentation was delivered by Andy Webb, Asset Management Specialist at the Asset management seminar on 22 November 2012.

Prohibitions regarding riding on rolling stock
Aug 31, 2013

The purpose of this Safety Alert is to remind all rolling stock operators of the prohibitions that continue to exist under the Rail Safety Act 2002 in regard to persons riding on rolling stock.

Protection of employees carrying out work within the rail corridor
Aug 17, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the ITSRR has issued this notice to remind all railway operators of the need to properly manage risks to the safety of railway employees when walking or working in the railway Danger Zone.

Rail Corridors on Mine Sites
May 10, 2013

This Safety Alert states that rail transport operators should seek independent legal advice regarding the suite of legislation applicable to the particular circumstances relating to their railway operations.

Rail Resource Management (RRM) post-implementation review and future directions presentation
Mar 1, 2013

This presentation was delivered by by Jennifer Alcock, Elizabeth Grey, Dr Barbara Klampfer, Louise Raggett and Adrian Rowland at the 3rd International Rail Human Factors Conference, London.

Restrictions on the use of electronic devices
Jun 7, 2013

This Safety Alert states that Transport Safety Victoria has become aware that effective 28 March 2011, the United States Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) amended its railroad communications regulations by restricting the use of mobile telephones and other potentially distracting electronic devices by railroad operating employees, as posted in the Federal Register (Vol.75, Issue 186) on the U.S Government Printing Office website

Retainer pin assembly CHQY, CHSY, FQPY & FQCY wagon couplers
May 1, 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.

Risks associated with hi-rail operations
Oct 18, 2013

This Safety Alert states that there has been an increase in serious incidents relating to hi-rail operations in Australia over the past 12 months.

Risks at level crossings
Mar 31, 2013

This Safety Alert states that PTSV has been notified that an incident occurred at Westmere at the Glenelg Highway level crossing on 4 February 2009.

Road/rail vehicles – Faulty rear track guidance system
Nov 21, 2013

This Safety Alert states that on 20 October 2005, in South Australia, a Toyota Land Cruiser road/rail vehicle’s rear track guidance system self-operated and lifted the rear rail wheels off the track and into the road travel position. While there were no persons in the vehicle at the time and no injuries or damage occurred, the incident had the potential to cause a serious accident.

Roller bearing failures
Jul 20, 2013

This Safety Alert states that following a recent increase in the number of derailments due to roller bearing failures, Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has issued this Safety Alert.

Runaway of hi-rail excavator
Aug 8, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the Rail Safety Unit requests that rail transport operators in Tasmania who operate hi-rail excavators and other road-rail equipment read the attached Investigation Report released by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in the United Kingdom on 11 July 2011 into the runaway and collision of a road rail vehicle (Hi-rail Excavator).

Safe operation of unfired pressure vessels on rolling stock
Aug 26, 2013

This Safety Alert states that rolling stock operators are required to reassess the adequacy and effectiveness of existing practices and procedures.

Safe operations of hi-rail vehicles (rolling stock) and rail safety worker competence
Sep 18, 2013

This Safety Alert states that investigations into occurrences involving the operation of hi-rail vehicles (rolling stock) have raised a number of safety concerns, including understanding of safe-working procedures and competency requirements.

Safe seating arrangements – locomotive and driving cabins
Jan 10, 2013

This Safety Alert states that within the wider railway industry it is common practice for persons other than the seated rail traffic crew to be within the cabin of a locomotive or driving cabin. Situations such as training are common occurrences that call for the extra person/s to be within the cabin. The majority of locomotives and driving cabins do not allow for additional seating within the cabin and it is common practice for a folding seat, or similar, to be utilised to seat the extra person.

Safe-working procedures
Jan 31, 2013

This Safety Alert requests rail transport operators in Tasmania read an investigation report released by OTSI into a collision between a rail motor (two car passenger train) and a hi-rail truck on the Zig Zag Railway.

Safety alert to all operators of road/rail vehicles
Feb 16, 2012

An investigation into hi-rail derailment on 2 January 2005 has raised safety issues in the use of Aries equipment.

Safety requirements for use of Hi-rail equipment
Feb 27, 2013

An incident on 7 September 2004 has raised a number of definciencies regarding the safe use, set-up, inspection and testing, and maintenance of hi-rail equipment.

Securing of Redundant Air Brake Hoses on Locomotives
Jan 20, 2013

This Safety Alert states that a coal train operated by Australia Western Railroad in Western Australia has experienced the loss of train brake due to a redundant brake pipe hose on a DBZ.

Securing of seating and equipment in passenger carriages
Mar 31, 2013

This Safety Alert states that a Safety Alert has been published in relation to the potential dangers from unsecured equipment including seating in passenger rollingstock, for the information of accredited railways and rail safety regulators.

Securing rolling stock
Jul 31, 2013

This Safety Alert states that a recent Canadian rail disaster involved a runaway goods train comprising crude oil wagons that derailed in the middle of the small town of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec.

Self Restoring Switch – Malfunction
Jul 13, 2013

This Safety Alert states that there have been two recent incidents where self restoring switches have normalised without intervention by train crews and prior to the passage of the train that would normally have triggered the self normalising function.

Sharing practice: A discussion on the relationship between risk and asset management presentation
Dec 1, 2013

The first version of this paper was distributed prior to the Sharing Practice Seminar hosted by the Independent Transport Safety Regulator (ITSR) in Sydney on 22 November 2012. The paper was revised following the seminar with key discussion points from the event incorporated into the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section.

Sharing practice: OEM prescribed maintenance presentation
Apr 1, 2013

This presentation was delivered by Peter Kohler and Andy Webb in April 2013, providing an introduction to OEM.

SPAD data collection tool for rail infrastructure managers - Tool C
Aug 8, 2013

This information is collected in accordance with the Privacy & Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) and the Health Records & Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW) and will be treated confidentially.

SPAD data collection tool for rolling stock operators - Tool B
Aug 8, 2013

This information is collected in accordance with the Privacy & Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) and the Health Records & Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW) and will be treated confidentially.

Stabling and security of track maintenance machinery
Apr 24, 2013

An investigation of an incident involving a heavy track maintenance machine, a ballast regulator, on 1 June 2004 has identified a number of issues relating to this type of plant, and to the systems of work surrounding the ability to secure such items against unauthorised movement.

Tampering with railway safety equipment
Sep 13, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the ITSRR has received numerous reports on equipment being stolen from rolling stock in yards. These incidents related to safety critical equipment where rolling stock was part of operational consists rather than in yard storage.

The relationship between risk and asset management presentation
Nov 22, 2013

Presentation by Peter Kohler, Principal Analyst, Asset Sustainability at the Asset management seminar on 22 November 2012.

Tool SPAD UK risk ranking 2012
Aug 8, 2013

The SPAD risk ranking tool (SRRT) has been developed by the UK RSSB to assess SPAD risk.

Track Blocking and Points Locking – Signalling Systems
Oct 12, 2013

This Safety Alert states that a signalling system is designed to provide for the safe operation of rail traffic. The system however may not safeguard completely the additional activities that occur on the railway such as occupation by track workers and track work, movement of on-track vehicles, non-signalled moves by trains and protection of obstructions.

Track occupancy authorities
May 25, 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.

Track Warrant Working
Aug 5, 2013

This Safety Alert states that Transport Safety Victoria has been notified of a safe-working irregularity, which occurred north of Seymour, on 25 July 2011. This incident resulted in a train entering a worksite that was protected under Rule 21 Section 15, Track Warrant Working of TA20 – ARTC Code of Practice for the Victorian Main Line Network.

Train brake pipe obstruction Flexible airbrake hose
Jul 12, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the Rail Safety Unit urges all rail operators to heed the Technical Alert issued by Sigra Rolling Stock Components.

Train Parting Occurrence – driver alert systems
May 7, 2013

This Safety Alert states that an incident with potentially serious safety concerns has occurred in WA following a train parting where the motive power and 27 wagons of an 83 mixed train consist continued forward without the driver responding to existing visual and audible alarms. This resulted in the rear portion (56 wagons) of the train being left on a running line creating a potential train to train collision risk for other trains. The risk is higher in dark territory.

Transport Safety Bulletin: Focus on Signals Passed at Danger
Aug 8, 2013

Transport safety bulletins are published by ITSR under section 42L(2) of the Transport Administration Act 1988.

Use of bio-mathematical models in managing risks of human fatigue in the workplace
Jul 27, 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.

Use of bio-mathematical models of human fatigue - further information on the Fatigue Audit InterDyne Model
Jan 12, 2013

This Safety Alert states that rail transport operators that are using the FAID model should review the findings of the FRA report in conjunction with the previous information provided by ITSR (Transport Safety Alert no. 34) and consider the applicability of the findings for the context in which they are using FAID in their operations.

Wabcopac handbrake system failure
Jul 21, 2013

This Safety Alert states that Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) has been notified of a safety issue with rolling stock fitted with the Wabcopac handbrake system.

WABTEC Braking System
Dec 17, 2013

This Safety Alert states that an incident involving an ARG JT42C S class (3300) locomotive, with a potential impact on GT46C Q class (4000), was centred on the WABTEC braking system.

WABTEC Braking System (Independent Brake Handle)
Dec 24, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the ITSRR has received advice from the Office of Rail Safety WA concerning a safety issue with the WABTEC braking system and in particular the securing of the independent brake handle on JT42C S class (3300) and GT46C Q Class (4000) type mainline locomotives.

Warning of potential asbestos material in bogie side bearer wear pads
Mar 28, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the ITSRR has been asked by Pacific National (PN) to distribute the attached safety notice to NSW rail operators. PN's notice has been issued to notify on the recent discovery of Chrysotile (White) Asbestos in ‘YM’ (two piece) bogie side bearer fibrous wear liners. The purpose of this notice is to describe how to identify and manage fibrous bogie wear liners.

Warning of potential locomotive bonded asbestos material
Apr 16, 2013

This Safety Alert states that the ITSRR has been advised by Pacific National of potential issues associated with bonded asbestos material on locomotives. The asbestos present in the locomotive electrical compartments has been identified as being “bonded asbestos material” and does not present a risk to health in a normal operating environment, provided that the material is not subjected to cutting, grinding, drilling or any other activity that may cause breakage or the release of fibres from a component.

Worksite protection
Apr 14, 2013

This Safety Alert states that determining worksite protection is a cooperative process carried out between safety staff to ensure the identification of the safest method of protecting both trains and employees.

Wrong side failure of OS Track Circuit Module
Jun 5, 2013

This Safety Alert states that a wrong side signalling failure occurred recently on a Pilbara railway when a US&S 'OS' Track Card performing the function of an Over Switch track circuit (directly connected to a Microlok 12V Vital Input 16 Board) failed to a high output state when the N12 and B5 connections became open circuit.

Wrong side failure of over switch (OS) track signal module
Feb 15, 2013

This Safety Alert states that Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) has been advised of a safety issue with a US&S 'OS' track card performing the function of an OS track circuit (directly connected to a Microlok 12V Vital Input 16 Board). In this configuration, a wrong side failure occurs when the OS track card is not properly seated in the back plane.

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