LRT train collision: Prasarana, Rapid Rail to carry out 23 improvement proposals
PUTRAJAYA,. A total of 23 improvement proposals should be carried out as soon as possible by Prasarana Malaysia Bhd and Rapid Rail, as the owner and operator of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, following the collision of two trains on the Kelana Jaya line on May 24.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the proposals presented by the Investigation Committee regarding the collision involved five recommendations that needed to be implemented within three months, 11 proposals between three months and six months and seven improvements within more than six months.
“The (Transport) Ministry will audit the progress of these improvements periodically,” he said in a virtual media conference today to announce the findings of the Investigation Committee set up to probe into the collision.
In the 8.33 pm incident on May 24, an LRT train that had no passengers on board collided with another that was carrying 213 passengers in a tunnel between the Kampung Baru and KLCC stations.
For the short-term improvement, Wee said two hostlers (drivers) would be assigned to handle the train manually while in a tunnel, with the second hostler acting as a safety and compliance officer.
High-powered flashlights are required to be provided to the hostlers to facilitate their work while they are in a tunnel and a checklist be prepared for the use and guidance of hostlers as well as Operations Control Centres (OCCs) during manual operation and critical situations, he said.
Prasarana must also set up a Sighting Committee to perform audits on directional signs or track markers and establish a Safety Committee to report safety audits to Prasarana and Rapid Rail senior management for review and monitoring purposes, he said.
Wee said Prasarana, in between three to six months, would need to implement improvements like technical evaluation of the standard operating procedures (SOP) for manually operating trains in the tunnel along with periodic audits.
Prasarana must also carry out a technical evaluation of the communication system and present suggestions for necessary system improvements and enhance the operational SOP used at the OCCs with periodic audits, he said.
Among other improvements are reviewing SOPs related to actions in Normal (N)/Degraded (D)/Emergency (E) situations and increasing management accountability on matters related to procedures, SOPs, emergency action plans (ERP) and safety, he said.
Apart from that, he said Prasarana and Rapid Rail’s Communication Plan SOP needed to be enhanced for the understanding of all levels of employees, update the OCC and hostler rule book and manuals as well as implement Job Safety Analysis (JSA) on each staff recruitment, including existing staff in the ‘Safety Critical Position’ category for efficiency and knowledge.
Wee said the seven long-term improvements would involve periodical training and re-certification courses to maintain the efficiency of the OCC and hostler, risk assessment on the installation of stanchion in the vestibule in trains as well as simulations to test all existing and updated SOPs.
In addition, it is also necessary to conduct a study and evaluation of RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) on the train and rail systems of Prasarana and Rapid Rail and improve the electronic train tracking system to ensure that trains can be detected from long distance in the event of a time-out, he said.
“We want Prasarana’s top management to look into this report. We want urgent attention and immediate action to ensure the safety of train operations,” he said.
Asked about the condition of the three victims being treated at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL), Wee said they were all out of the ICU and placed in the observation ward.
All three victims, he said, are under the care of a group of HKL specialists and showing good signs of recovery,” he said.
On compensation and court action to be taken by the victims, Wee said the matter had been handed over to Prasarana and the insurance company and that every action taken by the victims would be respected.
“Everyone has a right to make a claim after an incident. That is something we have never shied away from and we will face it,” he said.