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A poorly designed application form contributed to a train collision that killed a man in the NSW central west in 2010, an investigation has found.
On May 5, 2010, a train collided with a track-mounted excavator near Newbridge, resulting in the death of the excavator driver.
During the course of the investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), a similar incident occurred near Wards River in the NSW Upper Hunter.
Nobody was injured in the second incident.
The ATSB report, released on Friday, found that workers didn't clearly identify the location and type of work that would be carried out when filling out their Track Occupancy Authority (TOA) form, but this was due to a deficiency in the form.
As a result, officers assigned to the site believed the train had passed beyond the worksite before the work started.
The investigation also found that the workers were relatively inexperienced and that their training had not specifically discussed the hazards and protections that were relevant when working under a TOA.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation has taken action to reinforce the rules and procedures associated with the issuing of TOAs.
This article first appeared on news.ninemsn.com.au
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