Safety alerts are issued as needed to inform accredited rail transport operators and the broader rail industry of current and emerging safety issues.

Seymour incident
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Safety Alert RSA-2024-001 - Direct drive hydraulic pumps April 2024

Advising rail operators of the risk of uncontrolled movements associated with direct drive hydraulic pumps installed on Road Rail Vehicles (RRVs).

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

Safety Alert RSA-2023-002 - Incidents involving Manco rail equipment - 21 December 2023

Advising rail transport operators of recent incidents involving rail equipment manufactured and/or supplied by Manco Engineering Group (Manco).

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Friday, December 15, 2023

Safety Alert RSA-2023-001 - Safeworking Competencies Compromised -15 December 2023

Safety Alert highlighting concerns with two organisations and the manner in which they have issued safeworking competencies.

Safety Alert ICPs certifying rolling stock
Friday, November 11, 2022

Safety Alert: Independent Competent Persons for Rolling Stock Certification

Stressing the importance of rail transport operators undertaking thorough assessment of Independent Competent Persons (ICPs) that certify rolling stock (including road rail vehicles) before engagement.

Safety alert coupling and braking
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Safety Alert RSA-2022-01 Infrastructure Trailers: Coupling and Braking Systems

Risk of unbraked runaway associated with coupling systems and braking systems fitted to infrastructure trolleys and trailers.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Safety Alert RSA 2021 002 Fraudulent Rail Safety Worker Competencies

A check and verification process has revealed that a significant number of fraudulent competencies have been uploaded into the Rail Industry Worker (RIW) program.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Review of long end leading operations

Review of risks associated with long end leading locomotive operations

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Safety Alert - Isolation of level crossings on adjacent lines

Safety Alert Notice to rail transport operators - Isolation of level crossings on adjacent lines

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Safety Alert - Use of rail vehicle lifting jacks

Safety Alert Notice to rail transport operators - Use of rail vehicle lifting jacks

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Safety Alert: Use of Electronically Controlled Pneumatic braking and Automatic Train Protection systems

ONRSR alerts all operators on the actions that should be taken by rail transport operators utilising ECP braking systems.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

RSA-2018-001 Identification of Asbestos in Draft Gear Pocket Wear Liner

ONRSR alerts all operators to the identification of Chrysotile (white asbestos) in the top coupler / yoke pin wear liner of the draft pocket on a locomotive.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

RSA-2016-01 Site specific risk assessments when using Road Rail Vehicles

Notice to rail transport operators, 24 August 2016.

Monday, January 19, 2015

RSA-2015-01 Identification of asbestos gasket in coal wagon valves

This Safety Alert states the ONRSR has been advised by Asciano of the idenfitication of an asbestos gasket in a valve on a Pacific National coal wagon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

RSA-2014-03 Operational interfaces between Rail Infrastructure Managers and Rolling Stock Operators – mixed and dual gauge turnouts

This safety alert states that due to the design of the wheel transfer area of some mixed and dual gauge turnouts, rolling stock with wheelsets of 127mm rim width are at higher risk of derailment than wheelsets of 140mm rim width.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

RSA-2014-02 Thermal spraying

This Safety Alert states a major passenger operator recently suffered an axle failure on one of its electric multiple unit fleet.

Monday, March 17, 2014

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This Safety Alert states a PQMY container flat wagon suffered a significant fatigue failure at a sectional change in the under-frame (ie. main longitudinal beams).

Monday, November 18, 2013

Safety Alert RSA 2013-02 Coupling Systems and Brake Systems Fitted to Infrastructure Trolleys and Trailers

This Safety Alert states that rail transport operators should examine all risks associated with using Road Rail Vehicles (RRV) to tow/push rolling stock.

Friday, April 26, 2013

RSA-2013-01 Derailers - Failure to derail due to faulty design, installation, maintenance or operation

This Safety Alert states that the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator was recently notified of an incident in which rolling stock travelled over a derailer without derailing.

Last updated: Mar 2, 2023, 12:49:33 PM