Rail Safety Investigations

OTSI's Chief Investigator has the discretion to choose which transport safety occurrences OTSI will investigate. The Minister may also direct that an investigation takes place. In determining what to investigate, the Chief Investigator considers the following aspects:

All investigations conducted by OTSI are solely for the purpose of identifying why an accident or incident happened and to make recommendations to prevent a similar occurrence happening in the future.

As a result of this objective, investigations are conducted within a 'just culture' that does not seek to apportion blame. However, if it is apparent that the safety occurrence was the direct result of a malicious act, then the matter will be passed to the appropriate regulator or enforcement agency.

As an investigation nears completion, a draft investigation report will be circulated to all Directly Involved Parties for comment. The purpose of this consultation is to provide these parties with the opportunity to identify matters that they believe warrant additional consideration. The Chief Investigator will consider such matters but is not obliged to reflect them in the final report. The final report is forwarded to the Minister for Transport for tabling in both houses of the NSW Parliament. Shortly after tabling, the report is published below.

Investigation Reports

Date Location Description Status Report
11 April 10 Woy Woy - 397 PDF Equipment failure In Progress Interim
1 Apr 10 Strathfield - 278 kb PDF Near Strike In Progress Interim
13 March 10 Whittingham - 234 kb PDF Derailment In Progress Interim
27 Feb 10 Darling Park - 309 kb PDF Monorail Collision In Progress Interim
28 Oct 09 Glenlee - 168 kb PDF Safeworking Breach In Progress Interim
28 Jul 09 Temora - 267 kb PDF Runaway Wagon In Progress Interim
10 May 09 Goobang Junction - 782 kb PDF SPAD and Collision In Progress Interim
8 Feb 09 Narromine to Parkes Section - 443 kb PDF Derailment In Progress Interim
24 Jan 09 Unanderra - 1.67 Mb PDF Derailment Complete Final
7 Jan 09 Homebush - 4 Mb PDF Derailment Complete Final
24 Sep 08 Duri - 214 kb PDF Fatality Complete Final
29 Jan 08 Breeza to Werris Creek Section - 396 kb PDF Derailment In Progress Interim
16 Jul 07 Singleton - 2.77 Mb PDF Fatal Rail Accident Complete Final
8 Feb 07 Connemarra - 446 kb PDF Derailment In Progress Interim
14 Jan 07 Euabalong West - 4.5 Mb PDF Derailment Complete Final
11 Jan 07 Leeton - 309 kb PDF Derailment In Progress Interim
7 Nov 06 Sandgate - 1.24 Mb PDF Track Working Injury Complete Final
01 Oct 06 Nevertire - Nyngan Rail Section - 2.01 Mb PDF Derailment Complete Final
11 Sep 06 Thirroul - 233 kb PDF Derailment In Progress Interim
02 Sep 06 North Strathfield - 1.27 Mb PDF Opposing Movement Complete Final
30 Aug 06 Central to Town Hall Tunnel - 173 kb PDF Fatality In Progress Interim
22 May 06 Vicinity of Baan Baa - 1.22 Mb PDF Track Worker Fatality Complete Final
15 Apr 06 Ariah Park - 2.09 Mb PDF Shunting fatality Complete Final
04 Nov 05 Lidcombe - 1.25 Mb PDF Derailment Complete Final
16 Oct 05 Conoble to Ivanhoe - 205 kb PDF Derailment In Progress Interim
27 Apr 04 Steel Sleeper - 2.23 Mb PDF Safety Complete Final
20 Aug 05 Bloomfield - 1.69 Mb PDF Safety Complete Final
04 Jul 05 Clarence - 587 kb PDF Accident Complete Final
31 May 05 Grawlin Plains - 1.08 Mb PDF Collision Complete Final
06 Apr 05 Old Burren - 3.3 Mb PDF Derailment Complete Final
07 Mar 05 / 01 Mar 05 Wauchope / Lapstone - 864 kb PDF Derailment Complete Final
22 Dec 04 Bethungra - 1.1 Mb PDF Derailment Complete Final
01 Jul 04 Port Botany - 1.2 Mb PDF Shunting fatality Complete Final
04 May 04 Baan Baa - 1 Mb PDF Collision Complete Final
20 Jun 03 Unanderra
Part 1 - 902 kb PDF
Part 2 - 1.47 Mb PDF
Derailment Complete Final
19 Nov 02 Yass Junction
Part 1 - 1.58 Mb PDF
Part 2 - 1.08 Mb PDF
Part 3 - 2.18 Mb PDF
Derailment Complete Final
07 Nov 02 Rocky Ponds
Part 1 - 1.19 Mb PDF
Part 2 - 1.09 Mb PDF
Part 3 - 1.09 Mb PDF
Derailment Complete Final