OTTAWA, May 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Urging industry and regulators to take
action on a number of outstanding safety recommendations, the
Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its annual
reassessment of responses to Board recommendations. The reassessments
show that progress has been slow especially in Aviation where only 61%
of the Board's recommendations have been implemented.
Again this year, the aviation sector has seen limited movement on recommendations. While 5 recommendations have
received the TSB's highest rating of "fully satisfactory", another 32
remain unresolved. Indeed, 6 of the 32 have been classed as "dormant"
as the TSB foresees no action on the part of the regulator. The TSB
remains committed to the Watchlist goal of reducing landing accidents
and runway overruns where there are a number of outstanding
recommendations including calls on Transport Canada (TC) for longer
runway safety end areas or a means of stopping aircraft that provides
an equivalent level of safety.
In the marine sector, 2 recommendations dating from 1996 have been reassessed as
"fully satisfactory." As in the past, a key Watchlist issue that
remains unaddressed is the introduction of safety management systems
(SMS) for commercial operators of small passenger vessels. SMS is
proven to help manage risk, and TC and the marine industry need to take
action to make this a reality for small marine operators.
Canada's rail sector also has its challenges. Traditionally, TC has implemented about
90% of the TSB's rail recommendations but this year, with many new
recommendations being issued, that decreased slightly to 86%. Safety at
railway crossings remains a significant risk. Many of the outstanding
recommendations have not been fully addressed and 1 has been downgraded
to unsatisfactory (R91-01). The issue of passenger trains colliding
with vehicles is on the TSB Watchlist and the Board continues to press
for the introduction of voice and video recorders in locomotives.
Recommendations are made when the Board identifies systemic safety
issues that pose a serious risk to Canada's transportation system. The
Board then reassesses its active recommendations on an annual basis to
determine whether action was taken and to make those accountable for
safety in the transportation system aware of outstanding issues.
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline,
railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the
advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the
Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.
SOURCE: Transportation Safety Board of Canada
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