Monday, November 28, 2022
ONRSR is highlighting the risk of rolling stock runaways in yards and sidings and detailing a range of effective controls.
As per ONRSR’s Notifiable Occurrence Reporting Requirements Guideline, a runaway is defined as:
Runaways can result in major incidents including injuries and fatalities.
In railway yards and sidings, increased risks resulting from runaways can occur when the rail siding is:
The causes of runaways can be classified into organisational, technological, environmental and individual factors.
1. Organisational factors e.g.
2. Technological or equipment factors e.g.
3. Environmental factors e.g.
4. Individual factors e.g.
While not exhaustive and given the range of operational environments within the Australian rail industry, the following controls should be noted. RTOs must consider a range of factors, including the likelihood of the hazard and the degree of harm to determine what controls are reasonably practicable to implement (see the ONRSR Guideline – Meaning of duty to ensure safety so far as is reasonably practicable SFAIRP for more information).
While elimination and substitution controls are limited, there are several engineering and administrative controls that can be put in place to reduce the risk
The following engineering controls can reduce the risk:
1. Rail infrastructure controls
2. Rolling stock controls
3. Administrative controls
This information is provided as guidance only and may not be applicable to all rail transport operators.