RAIB crit­i­cises ELR for run­away

Steam Railway (UK) - - NEWS FOCUS -

“In­ad­e­quate man­age­ment sys­tems” led to a per­ma­nent way trol­ley run­ning away and crash­ing into a set of level cross­ing gates on the East Lan­cashire Rail­way, ac­cord­ing to the Rail Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch.

The RAIB has re­leased its ac­ci­dent re­port into the in­ci­dent, which oc­curred on March 15 when a group of five per­ma­nent way vol­un­teers used an un­braked hand trol­ley to trans­port ap­prox­i­mately half a tonne of bal­last on the sec­tion of line north of Rams­bot­tom sta­tion. The trol­ley ran away on the 1-in-140 gra­di­ent and col­lided with a set of level cross­ing gates, forc­ing them open across the road and spilling some of its load when it de­railed (SR479). There were no in­juries, but the cross­ing gates were dam­aged.

In its sum­mary, the RAIB’s re­port says: “The im­me­di­ate cause of the run­away was that the trol­ley was not fit­ted with any brakes and was de­ployed on a gra­di­ent without the in­tro­duc­tion of any mit­i­ga­tion or safe­guard against it run­ning away.

“There was no assess­ment of the risks of us­ing the trol­ley, ei­ther gener­i­cally or for the spe­cific task on the day, and there was no for­mal train­ing or brief­ing of the op­er­a­tors on the day. The un­der­ly­ing fac­tors were in­ad­e­quate man­age­ment sys­tems in the Per­ma­nent Way de­part­ment and, prob­a­bly, a lack of Safety Man­age­ment Sys­tem com­pli­ance au­dits.”

For the full re­port, visit https://bit.ly/2qHA1RV

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