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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-71-045
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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: ESTABLISH MORE RIGOROUS REQUIREMENTS TO BE MET BY PETITIONERS FOR OR RECIPIENTS OF FUTURE SPECIAL PERMITS FOR NEW HAZARDOUS MATERIALS CONTAINERS, SUCH REQUIREMENTS TO INCLUDE A SYSTEMATIC ANALYSIS FOR AND CONSIDERATION OF THE RISKS AND THE HAZARDS INTRODUCED DURING THE MANUFACTURE AND OPERATION OF THE EQUIPMENT OVER ITS LIFE CYCLE, A PLAN FOR THE MONITORING OR CONTROL OF THE HAZARDS DETECTED, AND A PERIODIC REPORTING PLAN WHICH WILL PERMIT AN ASSESSMENT OF THE SUCCESS OF THESE EFFORTS.
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 LETTE STATED THAT HE FELT THIS HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION. SPECIAL PERMITS ON TANK SEMI-TRAILERS SIMILAR TO THOSE INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT WERE CANCELLED AND NO NEW PERMITS HAVE BEEN ISSUED PENDING NEW DEVELOPMENTS RESULTING FROM RESEARCH BEING ACCOMPLISHED BY THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS.