TLIF0045 Investigate rail safety incidents

What your organisation gets from this course

  • Employees skilled in rail safety investigations
  • Less reliance on outside expertise
  • An organisation better prepared to meet compliance requirements
  • Important professional development for existing and new staff

Course information

This 4-day program will cover the skills and knowledge required to investigate an incident associated with railway operations in accordance with rail safety regulatory and workplace requirements.


The sessions will comprehensively cover the following topics:

Determining a Terms of Reference

  • Receiving or developing a TOR to guide the investigation
  • Determining the investigation scope

Factual details and sequence of events

  • Incident timelines
  • Determining facts

Investigating methodology / Evidence gathering

  • Recognising different types of rail specific evidence
  • Gathering evidence in order of priority

Interview techniques

  • Planning the interviews
  • Developing questions
  • Practical interviews as part of the simulated investigation

Analysis of evidence guided by a variety of rail specific tools

  • Five Why’s
  • Fault tree analysis
  • Factor mapping

Findings / conclusions

  • Identifying root cause
  • Contributory factors
  • Human factors and behaviours
  • Recommendations and safety actions to prevent recurrence

A nationally recognised Statement of Attainment in the unit TLIF0045 Investigate rail safety incidents is given to all participants who successfully complete the theory and practical assessments.

Course suitability

This program is intended for:

  • Operational employees who may be involved in rail safety investigations
  • Operations and rail infrastructure Supervisors and Managers
  • Rail safety professionals
  • Other corporate staff who may be involved in rail safety investigations


Course delivery is over 4 consecutive days of face-to-face classroom contact and site-based investigations of a simulated incident, either on client company premises or Railtrain’s training facilities. The course can be delivered in-house where a client company has:

  • 3 or more participants and no more than 9 participants
  • Suitable training venue, infrastructure, and equipment including:
  • A short section of track
  • 1 piece of rolling stock: a wagon, locomotive, or track trolley. (The rolling stock only needs to be stationary.)

Alternatively, delivery can be at our training facilities. Workshops will be scheduled to meet participant demand. Course may be deferred if minimum numbers are not met.


The cost for this course is $2,700 per person (GST Free). An amount of $1,500 is to be paid at enrolment. The balance is due once attendance is confirmed, to be paid on Day 1 of the course.

Want more information?

Contact us on (08) 9470 4999 or to discuss your needs, potential delivery options. Railtrain is a national Registered Training Organisation that delivers training services exclusively for the rail industry.

Our services include:

  • Training programs in rail operations, rail infrastructure and rail safety investigations
  • Traineeship delivery and advice on possible funding opportunities to offset training costs
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) services for those with relevant knowledge and skills
  • Verification of Competence (VOC) assessments, Safeworking and other enterprise training
  • Development of training and assessment materials customised to client requirements and mapped to national qualifications

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