Basis for Recommendation
The brakes on all four cars of InterCity Railcar 16 were isolated; however, there were no appropriate measures in place at Laois Train Care Depot to identify, communicate or prevent the movement of a defective vehicles. The RAIU consider this risk to be relevant to all fleets and as such the recommendation is issued for the whole IÉ network. The safety recommendation is as follows:
Iarnród Éireann (Railway Undertaking) Chief Mechanical Engineers's (CME) Department should review their Portlaoise Train Depot Safe System of Work & Operating Instructions (SSOW & OI) and associated documents related to the identification, communication and prevention of movement of defective vehicles to ensure relevant staff are made aware of identified defects and that the defective vehicles are adequately labelled and tagged; and these processes and staff responsibilities are fully understood by all CME staff working on trains.