Recommendation: 20191002 SAN-01-02

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Ref # 20191002 SAN-01-02
Status Closed
Occurrence SAN 01 - Suitability of Fixed Stop Buffers - Collision of train with buffer stop at Laois Traincare Depot
Occurrence Date 06 July 2019
Date Closed 09/04/2020

Basis for Recommendation

InterCity Railcar 16 moved unintentionally at slow speed, striking and damaging a friction buffer stop. The safety consequence as a result of the unintentional movement of a rail vehicle at speed would be injuries to staff and potential structural damage.


IÉ-IM should conduct review of their current specification for fixed buffer stops and their associated design forms to ensure they are fit-for-purpose; and fixed buffer stops are only selected where appropriate. Based on this review, IÉ-IM should commence a programme of inspections for fixed buffer stop at all locations on the IÉ network to ensure their suitability and effectiveness at protecting passenger, staff, track and infrastructure.