WA Rail Union Claims “Workers not Properly Trained”

Western Australia’s Rail, Tram and Bus union (RTBU) is claiming that qualified workers are not used to check the overhead power lines that supply Perth’s train network according to an ABC report.

Last month the train services at the Joondalup line were interrupted when power lines cam down onto a moving train, the cause of this incident is being investigated.

The rail union says that none of the staff that working on the signaling equipment and overhead lines have the right qualifications to do so.

Paul Robinson from the union has said that there is an urgent need for training; if there was an incident where the overhead lines came down adjacent to a train station there could be catastrophic results.

Mr Robinson said that there has been a request submitted to the Public Transport Authority (PTA) for that training but they responded that it would be necessary to get someone from Queensland who would be certified to run that training.

According to the PTA this training would commence in June 2013.

Mr Robinson has said that the union feels that the training should start immediately because of the risk to workers and the general public.

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