GATINEAU, QC, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada's (TSB) 2012-2013 Annual Report was tabled yesterday in
Parliament. The report showcases declining accident rates, some notable
improvements, and a strong message that Transport Canada and industry
need to better address the issues where the safety benefit for
Canadians is clear.
"For families that have lost a loved one at a rail crossing or in a
plane crash, the fact that the overall numbers are going down isn't
going to matter," said Wendy Tadros, Chair of the TSB. "They want
answers and, more importantly, to know that Transport Canada and
industry will step up to fix the problem."
Last year saw some successes, but the TSB's updated Watchlist put a spotlight on what still needs to be done. Two of these
issues—following railway signal indications and the lack of voice and
video recorders on trains—again emerged as a priority when the TSB
released its investigation into the VIA Rail accident in Burlington,
The Board remains particularly concerned about aviation where only 60%
of their recommendations have been fully addressed. Stronger defences
for reducing the risk of runway collisions and stopping aircraft from
overshooting the runway, as well as better integration of safety
management into smaller air operations, are only a few of the fixes
needed to make our skies safer.
"The Annual Report is an opportunity to tell our story to Canadians and
Parliamentarians," added Tadros. "The TSB continues to call for
solutions to prevent more accidents, and Canadians will be the clear
winners if the problems we find are fixed."
The TSB's 2012-2013 Annual Report to Parliament is available in both HTML and full-colour PDF formats.
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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