Recommendation: 202004-01

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Ref # 202004-01
Status Open / In progress
Occurrence Collision between an Iarnród Éireann passenger train and rail-mounted maintenance equipment, Rosslare, Wexford, 11th January 2020
Occurrence Date 11 January 2020

Basis for Recommendation

In relation to the classification of Rail Mounted Maintenance Equipment (RMME), Hand (Trolleys), Light Mechanical Equipment (LME) and other small plant and equipment, the IÉ Rule Book and other supporting documentation does not clearly define or classify these items, examples include: RMMEs are required to have “with an off-tracking capability”; and, (Hand) Trolleys should be equipped with brakes and operated by two people. Therefore the RAIU make the following safety recommendation:


Iarnród Éireann - Infrastructure Manager should classify and define Rail Mounted Maintenance Equipment (RMME), Trolleys, Light Mechanical Equipment (LME) and other commonly used plant or equipment on the railway and ensure appropriate safety procedures are in place for their use. IÉ-IM should also assess the need for any associated training and competency related to these changes and if considered necessary prepare training and competency assessment material.