Recommendation: 2018-005

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Ref # 2018-005
Status Further Evidence Requested
Occurrence Derailment of DART passenger service, at Points DL115, Dun Laoghaire, 13th September 2017
Occurrence Date 13 September 2017

Basis for Recommendation

Iarnród Éireann (IÉ) Rule Book and the General Appendices require the points operator to “clip, lock and scotch the points”; however, IÉ appear to have adopted “scotched and clipped” when used in voice communication; which may lead to confusion in terms of the chronology of performing the duties; as a result the RAIU make the following safety recommendation:


Iarnród Éireann should agree and implement a consistent wording in the Rule Book, General Appendix, training material and oral instructions in relation to the points operator’s instructions; and ensure that the importance of the task order is highlighted in the training for points operators.