Recommendation: 2024001-01

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Ref # 2024001-01
Status Open / In progress
Occurrence Broken rail, Newbridge, County Kildare, 23rd February 2023
Occurrence Date 23 February 2023

Basis for Recommendation

Insufficient cleaning of the rail ends was identified as a possible cause of slag inclusion and lack of fusion. The RAIU makes the following safety recommendation  to achieve greater assurance that rail cleaning has been achieved to the required standard:


IÉ-IM should risk assess whether the existing rail end cleaning equipment and processes adequately control the risk of weld contamination and identify improvements where required.