TSB Annual Report tabled in Parliament
Gatineau, Quebec, 12 June 2015 — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s (TSB) 2014-2015 Annual Report was tabled yesterday in Parliament. On this 25th anniversary year, the report highlights a history of accomplishments and the important work the TSB has done to advance transportationsafety on Canada’s waterways, along its pipelines and railways, and in the sky.
The TSB Engineering Laboratory plays a pivotal role in the investigation of marine, pipeline, railway, and aviation accidents. Its staff helps determine whether mechanical, electrical, material, structural or other deficiencies contributed to accidents. Lab experts analyze information from data recorders (“black boxes”), electronic equipment, field photographs and site surveys, to piece together the sequence of events leading to an accident.
This year’s Annual Report features a number of majorachievements from the past year including:
- a summary of all the investigation reports released during 2014-15;
- highlights of the 2014 edition of our Watchlist, which identifies those issues posingthe greatest risk to Canada’s transportation system;
- an update on railway safety actions taken following the release of the Lac-Mégantic investigation report;
- a brief summary of activities related to the TSB’s confidential reporting program SECURITAS;
- a summary of the organization’s 164 outreach activities undertaken; and
- a list of communications activities (by the numbers).
As usual, the report also spotlights the Board’s active recommendations (11 ofwhich have been reassessed and given our highest rating of Fully Satisfactory),as well as other areas where progress hasn’t been as far-reaching as we’d like,and where the regulator must work with industry stakeholders to implementfurther improvements.
Throughout our 25-year history, Canada and the transportationindustry have changed significantly. However, one thing has stayed constant: the TSB’s determination to find out what happened, and why.
“Going forward, we plan to build on the successful legacyof the past 25 years: investigating accidents from coast to coast to coast, andthen making sure those best placed to effect change are informed of whathappened and what else needs to be done to prevent similar accidents fromhappening again,” said Kathy Fox, Chair of the TSB.
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.
For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
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