CROSS Safety Report
Retaining wall collapses onto rail track
A retaining wall failed and collapsed onto a railway track.
Key Learning Outcomes
For asset owners and managers:
Regular inspections and maintenance can help keep a structure safe before it deteriorates requiring costly repairs or fails
Inspections should be carried out by suitably qualified and experienced personnel
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A train driver reporter that stones were falling from an inclined retaining wall onto a rail track. The wall failed directly in front of a piled foundation for an electricity mast which was installed within the past 18 months. The night before the wall failed there was an intense period of rainfall which followed a sustained period where temperatures were below freezing.
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