009/14

Status
Open
Recommendation Date
Recipient Name
NZTA
Text
No-one involved with loading, shifting and securing the wagon body was sufficiently familiar with the KiwiRail Freight Handling Code to realise that the securing arrangement was not compliant with the Code.

KiwiRail had a responsibility to ensure that staff was trained and competent in all tasks being undertaken. It had to ensure that the loading and stowage of goods on railway wagons were carried out by people with the appropriate training and certification.

The Commission has recommended that the Chief Executive of KiwiRail take steps to ensure that appropriate training is given to all staff involved in load security and that staff responsible for checking load security at the various stages of a train journey are discharging their duties in a manner consistent with the KiwiRail Freight Handling Code.

It is important that KiwiRail address the above recommendation, which addresses the safety issues examined in the report. The NZ Transport Agency has various powers under the Railways Act 2005 to monitor and ensure KiwiRail’s performance and compliance.

The Commission recommends that the Chief Executive of the NZ Transport Agency ensure that KiwiRail addresses the above recommendation.
Reply Text
Recommendation 008/14 that the Commission have directed to the Chief Executive of KiwiRail is noted.

Recommendation 009/14 made to the Chief Executive of the the NZ Transport Agency is accepted.

Discussions on these recommendations will be initiated on the publication of the final report. These discussions will include a projected timeframe for implementation. This will be advised to TAIC in due course.
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