Recommendation: 202104-02

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Ref # 202104-02
Status Open / In progress
Occurrence Chassis Plate Fracture on General Motors Class 201, Locomotive 224, 7th July 2020
Occurrence Date 07 July 2020

Basis for Recommendation

General Motors sent Iarnród Éireann (IÉ) a copy of Service Advisory (SA) 08-007 Underframe Bed Plate Crack Rev B 6th February 2008. There is no documented evidence of the decision process carried out by IÉ, prior to the incident, not to proceed with the recommendations of SA 08-007 or evidence that the welders were given a copy of the document. As a result, the RAIU make the following safety recommendation:

Recommendation

Iarnród Éireann Railway Undertaking (IÉ-RU) Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) should develop a procedure for evaluating maintenance advice received from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) or other railway organisations to determine applicability to IÉ fleets and assess any associated risks.