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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-71-043
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Synopsis: ON MAY 30, 1970, A TANK TRUCK PARTIALLY FILLED WITH LIQUEFIED EXPLODED, WITHOUT WARNING, AFTER MAKING A DELIVERY AT THE VICTORY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. THE FORCE OF THE EXPLOSION AND ENSUING FIRES RESULTED IN FATAL INJURIES TO THE DRIVER AND A BYSTANDER, MINOR INJURIES TO 30 OTHER PERSONS, AND SUBSTANTIAL PROPERTY DAMAGES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REGULATIONS BOARD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, AND THE ADMINISTRATIONS REPRESENTED THEREON: EXAMINE THE AVAILABLE ACCIDENT HISTORY OF OXYGEN AND, IN THE ABSENCE OF CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY, INITIATE RULEMAKING PROCEEDINGS TO RECLASSIFY OXYGEN AS AN OXIDIZING MATERIAL, ACCORDING TO ITS PRINCIPAL HAZARD AS DETECTED IN THIS ACCIDENT; AND FURTHER CONSIDER WHETHER 49 CFR 173.2 SHOULD BE EXCEPTED TO PERMIT OXYGEN TO BE CLASSIFIED AS AN OXIDIZING MATERIAL AND COMPRESSED HAS WHEN SHIPPED UNDER PRESSURE PER 49 CFR 173.300.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79876
Accident Reports: Liquefied Oxygen Tank Truck Explosion Followed by Fires
Report #: HAR-71-06
Accident Date: 5/30/1970
Issue Date: 5/12/1971
Date Closed: 10/29/1975
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: RSPA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: RSPA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/26/1972
Response: ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SAFETY AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, DOT LETTER STATED THAT: IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PROPOSED NEW HAZARD INFORMATION SYSTEM, A PLAN HAS BEEN INITIATED TO CLASSIFY OXYGEN AS A HAZARDOUS MATERIAL REGARDLESS OF ITS PHYSICAL STATE. TESTS ARE BEING CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE THE CLASSIFICATION BY NAME.