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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-71-044
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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 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS AND OPERATORS: CONDUCT A COMPLETE RESTUDY OF EXISTING CARGO TANKS USED FOR TRANSPORTATION OF OXYGEN, UNDER SUSPENDED OR OUTSTANDING SPECIAL PERMITS, TO ASSURE THAT THE HAZARDS IDENTIFIED IN THIS ACCIDENT ARE NOT PRESENT, ARE REMOVED, OR ARE ADEQUATELY CONTROLLED AND MONITORED PRIOR TO AUTHORIZING CONTINUED USE OF SUCH VEHICLES IN (OR CONVERSION TO) OXYGEN TRANSPORTATION.
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: DOT (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: DOT
To: NTSB
Date: 6/22/1971
Response: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT WORKING WITH NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS AT BOULDER CRYOGENICS LABORATORY TO IMPLEMENT THE NTSB RECOMMENDATIONS. DOT HAS SUBMITTED A PRELIMINARY PLAN TO COMPRESSED GAS ASSOCIATION, INC., FOR A JOINT PROGRAM OF STUDY AND TESTING TO BE PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS. JAN 26, 1972 ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SAFETY AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, DOT, LETTER STATES THAT: THE SAFE MOVEMENT OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IS PARAMOUNT REGARDLESS OF WHETHER HANDLED UNDER REGULATION AMENDMENT OR SPECIAL PERMIT. BOTH CONSTITUTE REGULATION. IMPROVEMENT OF REGULATIONS IS A CONTINUING PROCESS. WORK IS BEING DONE ON OXYGEN AS WELL AS OTHER AREAS OF CONCERN.