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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation I-89-001
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Synopsis: ABOUT 7:54 A.M., EASTERN STANDARD TIME, ON JANUARY 14, 1988, WESTBOUND CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION (CONRAIL) "TRAILER VAN" FREIGHT TRAIN TV-61 COLLIDED WITH EASTBOUND CONRAIL FREIGHT TRAIN UBT-506 NEAR CONTROL POINT THOMPSON, AT THOMPSONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. THE ENGINEERS AND BRAKEMEN ON BOTH TRAINS WERE FATALLY INJURED. THE CONDUCTORS ON BOTH TRAINS RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. DAMAGE TO THE TRAINS WAS ESTIMATED AT $6,015,000.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: EXPEDITE A COORDINATED RESEARCH PROGRAM ON THE EFFECTS OF FATIGUE, SLEEPINESS, SLEEP DISORDERS, AND CIRCADIAN FACTORS ON TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM SAFETY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Intermodal
Location: THOMPSONTOWN, PA, United States
Is Reiterated: Yes
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA88MR003
Accident Reports: Head-End Collision of Consolidated Rail Corporation Freight Trains UBT-506 and TV-61
Report #: RAR-89-02
Accident Date: 1/14/1988
Issue Date: 5/12/1989
Date Closed: 7/19/1996
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: DOT (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Fatigue

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: DOT
Date: 7/19/1996
Response: AS YOU KNOW, THE ISSUE OF HUMAN FATIGUE IN TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS HAS BEEN A PART OF THE BOARD'S "MOST WANTED" TRANSPORTATION SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1990. WE APPRECIATE THE EFFORT MADE BY THE DOT TO ORGANIZE & FOLLOW THROUGH ON A DEPARTMENT-WIDE COORDINATED FATIGUE RESEARCH EFFORT WITHIN OF THE OVERALL HUMAN FACTORS RESEARCH PROGRAM OF THE DOT. WE HAVE FOUND THAT THE ONGOING WORK OF YOUR INTERMODAL HUMAN FACTORS RESEARCH COORDINATING GROUP MEETS THE INTENT OF WHAT THE BOARD SOUGHT IN I-89-1. BASED ON THE WORK INITIATED BY THE DOT IN THIS AREA, WE HAVE CLASSIFIED I-89-1 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION." WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR RESEARCH EFFORTS ON HUMAN FATIGUE.

From: DOT
To: NTSB
Date: 4/20/1996
Response: REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DOT'S MODAL ADMINISTRATIONS BRIEFED STAFF & BOARD MEMBERS ON ITS COORDINATED RESEARCH PROGRAMS IN THE AREA OF HUMAN FACTORS. THE BRIEFINGS TOOK PLACE ON 12 SEPTEMBER 1990, 5 SEPTEMBER 1991, & 29 SEPTEBER 1993. BOARD REPRESENTATIVES ATTENDED THE DOT SPONSORED HUMAN FACTORS SYMPOSIUM IN RESTON, VA IN SEPTEMBER 1994, AS WELL AS THE JUNE 1994 DOT BRIEFING FOR THE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER FOR SLEEP DISORDERS RESEARCH. THE DOT LETTER ALSO COMMENDS THE BOARD FOR ITS FINE SYMPOSIUM IN NOVEMBER 1995 ON FATIGUE IN TRANSPORTATION.

From: NTSB
To: DOT
Date: 7/31/1990
Response: From the marine accident report of the grounding of the U.S. tankship EXXON VALDEZ on Bligh Reef, Prince William Sound, near Valdez, Alaska on March 24, 1989. The Board adopted this report on 7/31/1990. Also, the Board reiterates the following safety recommendations: I-89-1, I-89-2, I-89-3, I-89-4, I-89-5, I-89-6, I-89-7, I-89-8, I-89-9, I-89-10, I-89-11, and M-88-1.

From: NTSB
To: DOT
Date: 10/10/1989
Response:

From: DOT
To: NTSB
Date: 8/11/1989
Response: COORDINATED RESEARCH ON HUMAN FACTORS TOPICS, INCLUDING THE EFFECTS OF FATIGUE, SLEEPINESS, SLEEP DISORDERS, AND CIRCADIAN FACTORS ON TRANSPORTATION SAFETY IS A TOP PRIORITY AT DOT. WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE FORTHCOMING NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION POLICY, HUMAN FACTORS WAS IDENTIFIED AS ONE OF SIX AREAS TO BE ADDRESSED. THROUGH THIS EFFORT, DOT WILL IDENTIFY DEY HUMAN FACTORS POLICY ISSUES THAT WARRANT EITHER MODAL OR DOT-WIDE ATTENTION.

From: NTSB
To: DOT
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations I-89-1 through I-89-3 and R-89-19 on the MWL under the issue category “Cross Modal Human Fatigue/ Hours-of-Work Policy.” Safety Recommendations H-95-1, A-94-194, A-95-113, A-97-71, A-99-45, I-99-1, H-99-19, R-91-45, R-91-47, R-91-48, R-96-20 through R-96-22, R-96-56, R-99-2, P-98-30, P-99-12, M-99-1, A-06-10, A-07-30, A-07-32, and A-08-44 were added to this category at later dates.