+ Public Consultations
+ Technology Leads to Better Safety Outcomes for ARTC
+ Stephen Marich Annual Lecture in Railway Engineering
+ Rail R U Ok? Resources
+ Rail Safety Week 7-13 August 2023
+ 2023 MasterClass Webinar Series
+ Enter RISSB's 2023 Rail Safety Awards
+ Investigate Rail Safety Incidents in Brisbane Next Week
+ Also Making News
+ Did You Know?
RISSB and the ARA’s Rail Industry Group have been collaborating with industry to understand the many and varying requirements for shunting operations with the aim of consolidating those requirements into a rationalised Code of Practice.
AS 7488 is an important part of Government’s ‘National Rail Action Plan’ (NRAP) through which RISSB is delivering a suite of rail component Standards – generally on high volume consumables.
The key objectives of NRAP are to support local content policies, stimulate domestic manufacturing, de-risk supply chains and ultimately create Australian jobs; RISSB is proud to support this initiative.
Technology Leads to Better Safety Outcomes for ARTC
ARTC's new Contractor Safety Management Program is delivering an improvement in safety outcomes since its launch. The adoption of new technologies, scenario based learning and behaviour training are all contributing to the program's success. Read more
The safety of workers in the rail corridor is an ongoing industry issue and was the focus of a 2021 report released on behalf of RISSB and ONRSR that assessed 16 global track worker safety technologies that could be deployed in the Australian rail environment.
Stephen Marich Annual Lecture in Railway Engineering
RISSB CEO, Damien White, delivered the closing remarks and vote of thanks at this week's Stephen Marich Annual Lecture in Railway Engineering in Melbourne. The Wheel-Rail Interface: A Systems Perspective presentation was delivered by Dr Kevin Oldknow, the Associate Professor of the Vehicle-Track Interaction Research Group and Senior Advisor, Academic Planning in the
Office of the Provost at Simon Fraser University in Canada.
This year's Rail R U Ok day will be held on Thursday, 27 April 2023. The TrackSAFE Foundation has some powerful resources that will help reinforce messaging around this year's theme - No qualifications needed - in the workplace. Resources include a suite of poster options, an editable poster, virtual backgrounds and more. For more information, go to www.tracksafefoundation.com.au/event/rail-r-u-ok/
Rail Safety Week 7-13 August 2023
On average every week 2 people die on the Australian heavy rail network (74 suicides or suspected suicides and 29 other fatalities with most occurring at level crossings or as a result of trespass). As well, there is more than 100 injuries and attempted suicides and 1,854 level crossing and trespass near hits. Incidents also occur on the light rail network, with 5 fatalities and 855 injuries (62% as the result of slips, trips and falls onboard or alighting or disembarking) between 2016-2021.
Please save the date for this year’s Rail Safety Week
- 7 – 13 August 2023.
UPCOMING TRAINING AND EVENTS
2023 MasterClass Webinar Series
This year's MasterClass webinar series was off to a tremendous start with close to 300 people joining us for a presentation delivered by Carolyn Walsh, Chair of the National Transport Commission. RISSB members can access a recording on RISSB's website. Just go to www.rissb.com.au/grandcentral/, find the 'Webinars' section and select the presenter you wish to see, then log into RISSB's website.
MasterClass webinar, on Tuesday 14 March, will be delivered by none other than George Bearfield from Rock Rail in the UK. Register to attend using the link below this story.