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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-83-033
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Synopsis: THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD HAS LONG BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE ROLE OF ALCOHOL AND DRUGS IN RAILROAD ACCIDENTS. RECENT RAILROAD ACCIDENTS INVOLVING ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE HAVE HEIGHTENED ITS CONCERN. IN 18 CASES INVESTIGATED OR UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE SAFETY BOARD IN WHICH ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE WAS INVOLVED, 25 RAILROAD EMPLOYEES WERE KILLED, 13 EMPLOYEES WERE INJURED, AND PROPERTY DAMAGE WAS REPORTEDLY IN EXCESS OF $25 MILLION. OF PARAMOUNT CONCERN TO THE SAFETY BOARD IS THE PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC AND RAILROAD EMPLOYEES WHO ARE PLACED IN LIFE-THREATENING SITUATIONS BY RAILROAD EMPLOYEES WHO MAY BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE RAILWAY LABOR EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION: IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS, ASSIST THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION IN DEVELOPING A REQUIREMENT THAT TIMELY TOXICOLOGICAL TESTS ARE PERFORMED ON ALL OPERATING EMPLOYEES INVOLVED IN A RAILROAD ACCIDENT WHICH INVOLVES A FATALITY, A PASSENGER TRAIN, RELEASES OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, AN INJURY, OR SUBSTANTIAL PROPERTY DAMAGE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Livingston, LA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA82AR016
Accident Reports: Derailment of Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Freight Train Extra 9629 East (GS-2-28) and Release of Hazardous Materials
Report #: RAR-83-05
Accident Date: 9/28/1982
Issue Date: 3/7/1983
Date Closed: 8/21/1986
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Railway Labor Executives Association (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: Railway Labor Executives Association
To: NTSB
Date: 8/21/1986
Response: THE RAILWAY LABOR EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION HAS NEVER RESPONDED TO THE BOARD'S RECOMMENDATION.

From: NTSB
To: Railway Labor Executives Association
Date: 8/21/1986
Response: The Board notes that the RLEA never provided a response to these Safety Recommendations. Although the alcohol rules are now in effect, based on the lack of response from the RLEA, the Safety Board for the record has placed safety Recommendations R-83-33 and -34 in a "Closed--Unacceptable Action" status.