National Transportation Safety Board

PHMSA Issues DOT-111 Tank Car Safety Advisory

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), on March 22 released a safety advisory, which it said was to “re-emphasize previously raised concerns about the survivability of DOT-111 tank cars and encourage tank car owners and shippers of flammable liquids to voluntarily upgrade their tank car fleets to the newest, and safest, available tank car design authorized for flammable liquid service—the DOT-117 specification tank car.”

FRA Issues SNPRM for Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus Standards

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on March 22 released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) to expand occupational noise exposure regulations and require railroads to provide locomotive crews with appropriate “atmosphere-supplying emergency escape breathing apparatuses” when their trains transport hazardous material.

NTSB investigators on March 15 conducted a start-to-discharge pressure test on a pressure relief valve. (NTSB Source) ​

NTSB Examines PRDs in East Palestine Derailment

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators recently examined and tested pressure relief devices (PRDs) removed from the five vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) tank cars involved in the Feb. 3 derailment of a Norfolk Southern (NS) train in East Palestine, Ohio.

Ian Jefferies, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads

AAR Outlines Key Class I Safety Actions

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) on March 8 reported seven initial steps the Class I railroads are taking “to drive toward a future with zero incidents and zero injuries—one where what

NTSB: ‘Special Investigation’ of NS

The National Transportation Safety Board on March 7 said it would be conducting what it’s calling a “special investigation of Norfolk Southern Railway’s organization and safety culture.” “Given the number and significance