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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation I-76-009
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 1, 1968, AT DUNREITH, INDIANA, THREE FIREMEN AND TWO POLICEMEN WERE INJURED WHEN A BURNING TANK CAR OF ETHYLENE OXIDE EXPLODED DURING A TRAIN WRECK. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD RECOMMENDED IMPROVING THE TRAINING METHODS AVAILABLE TO LOCAL EMERGENCY ORGANIZATIONS, SO THAT THEY COULD BE BETTER PREPARED TO HANDLE FUTURE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EMERGENCIES. NUMEROUS ACTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN SINCE THAT RECOMMENDATION, BUT CASUALTIES AMONG EMERGENCY PERSONNEL CONTINUE. EXISTING ACCIDENT DATA GATHERING SYSTEMS ARE NOT ROUTINELY USED TO ENHANCE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EMERGENCY TRAINING MATERIALS. HOWEVER, NO PROCEDURE EXISTS FOR GATHERING THE SAFETY LESSONS LEARNED, CONVERTING THEM INTO IMPROVED TRAINING, AND THEN PROVIDING THAT TRAINING TO THE EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL WHO MUST BE PREPARED TO COPE WITH FUTURE INCIDENTS. TO REDUCE THE VULNERABILITY OF FIREMEN AND OTHER EMERGENCY PERSONNEL IN FUTURE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EMERGENCIES, A PROCEDURE SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED SO THAT NEEDED INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE TO UPGRADE TRAINING PROGRAMS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: REDESIGN ITS HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT DATA REPORTING SYSTEM SO IT WILL GENERATE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT EMERGENCY ACTIONS WERE TAKEN, WHY THEY WERE TAKEN, AND WHAT INFLUENCE THEY HAD ON THE OUTCOME OF THE EMERGENCY, FOR USE IN TRAINING FIREFIGHTERS AND LAW-ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL TO HANDLE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTATION EMERGENCIES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Intermodal
Location: Dunreith, IN, United States
Is Reiterated: Yes
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79780
Accident Reports: ​Pennsylvania Railroad, Train PR-11A, Extra 2210 West and Train SW-6, Extra 2217 East, Derailment and Collision
Report #: RAR-68-03
Accident Date: 1/1/1968
Issue Date: 1/1/1969
Date Closed: 8/11/1982
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: RSPA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Firefighting, Hazmat, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 8/11/1982
Response:

From: RSPA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/6/1982
Response: DOT (RSPA) LTR: THESE RECOMMENDATIONS (I-76-9 TO 11) ARE CLOSELY RELATED TO NTSB RECOMMENDATIONS I-79-14 THROUGH I-79-16, DEALING WITH THE GENERATION AND USE OF SURVIVAL ACTION DATA. SURVIVAL ACTION DATA AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE DATA DESCRIBE TWO SEPARATE BUT CLOSELY RELATED EVENT SETS CHARACTERIZING ACCIDENTS THAT ARE MULTIEVENT PHENOMENA. THE APPROACH AND ACTIONS ADAPTED BY THE RSPA TO COLLECT, ANALYZE AND DISSEMINATE SUCH DATA ARE DESCRIBED IN DETAIL IN THE DISCUSSION OF NTSB RECOMMENDATIONS I-79-14 THROUGH I-79-16.

From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 2/26/1981
Response: From the Special Investigation Report of the phosphorous trichloride release in Boston and Maine yard 8 during switching operations in Somerville, Massachusetts on April 3, 1980. The Board adopted this report on 2/26/1981. In addition, the Safety Board reiterates its earlier recommendations to the Department of Transportation: I-76-9, I-76-10, and I-76-11.

From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 5/1/1978
Response:

From: RSPA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/15/1978
Response: DOT LTR IN RESPONSE TO NTSB 2/24/78 LTR: THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE RESEARCH AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS DIRECTORATE AND THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE MATERIALS TRANSPORTATION BUREAU WERE ASKED TO REEXAMINE THE BUREAU'S EARLIER RESPONSE AND TO HONOR NTSB REQUEST FOR A MEETING TO DISCUSS THE MATTER.

From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 2/24/1978
Response:

From: RSPA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/11/1977
Response: MTB RESONSE: WE FEEL THAT THE COLLECTION OF SUCH INFORMATION COULD BE VERY VALUABLE AND THAT IT SHOULD COME FROM THE FIREFIGHTERS AND/OR LAW-ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL INVOLVED. MTB HAS SERIOUS RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE BUREAU'S AUTHORITY TO IMPOSE SUCH A REQUIRE MENT. SECTION H OF THE FORM UPON WHICH HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENTS ARE REPORTED TITLED "REMARKS", CAN BE USED TO PROVIDE WHATEVER INFORMATION CARRIERS MAY HAVE REGARDING EMERGENCY ACTIONS TAKEN.