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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-97-034
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Synopsis: ABOUT 3:25 P.M. A 1988 MACK TRUCK WITH A CONCRETE MIXER BODY WAS UNABLE TO STOP AS IT APPROACHED A "T" INTERSECTION AT THE BOTTOM OF AN EXIT RAMP IN PLYMOUTH MEETING, PENNSYLVANIA. AS THE TRUCK PROCEEDED THROUGH THE INTERSECTION, IT COLLIDED WITH AND OVERRODE A 1985 SUBARU PASSENGER CAR. THE SUBARU DRIVER WAS KILLED; THE TRUCKDRIVER SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. THE TRUCKDRIVER WAS UNRESTRAINED; THE SUBARU DRIVER WAS FOUND RESTRAINED IN HER VEHICLE. THE WEATHER WAS CLEAR AND DRY. NO FIRE ENSUED, AND NO OTHER VEHICLE OCCUPANTS WERE INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE NATIONAL READY MIX CONCRETE ASSOCIATION: NOTIFY YOUR MEMBERSHIP THROUGH SOURCES, SUCH AS THE DISPATCHER NEWSLETTER, OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS ACCIDENT AND URGE THEM TO IMPLEMENT PROCEDURES THAT WILL ENSURE THAT AIR BRAKE MANUFACTURERS' SUGGESTED INSTALLATION, INSPECTION, AND FUNCTIONAL TEST PROCEDURES ARE ADHERED TO DURING AND AFTER ROUTINE MAINTENANCE ON TRUCK AIR BRAKE SYSTEMS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Plymouth Meeting, PA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: NRH96FH009
Accident Reports: Truck Loss of Braking Contol on Steep Downgrade and Collision with a Vehicle
Report #: HAR-97-02-SUM
Accident Date: 4/25/1996
Issue Date: 10/29/1997
Date Closed: 4/15/2004
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: National Ready Mix Concrete Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: National Ready Mix Concrete Association
Date: 4/15/2004
Response: Through e-mail correspondence and a personal visit in December of last year, Mr. Thomas Harman of your staff briefed Safety Board staff on the actions your association has taken in response to this recommendation. He also provided information concerning the training courses the NRMCA provides for the concrete industry. The Safety Board appreciates receiving the information and notes the NRMCA's assertion that it has made safety education a cornerstone to its programs. The Board also notes that a detailed summary of the accident was published in the January 2004 Dispatcher newsletter. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation H-97-34 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: NTSB
To: National Ready Mix Concrete Association
Date: 5/28/2003
Response: The Safety Board has not received a response to this recommendation. A copy of the original recommendation letter is enclosed. We believe that some of the issues discussed in that letter may still be of interest to your association and its members. The Board believes that providing the transportation community with information on the specific issues uncovered during our investigations will help prevent future accidents. For your convenience, we have prepared the enclosed article that we request you insert in the publication that has the widest distribution to your membership and place it on your Web site, if possible. We would appreciate receiving a copy of the publication that includes this information.

From: NTSB
To: National Ready Mix Concrete Association
Date: 3/2/2001
Response: The Safety Board has received no reply from your association regarding Safety Recommendation H-97-34. The Board would appreciate learning what action, if any, your association has taken to implement this recommendation. A copy of the original recommendation letter is enclosed. Please refer to Safety Recommendation H-97-34 in your reply, and address your response to Ms. Carol J. Carmody, Acting Chairman.