Annual Report to Parliament 2010-2011
Place du Centre
200 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 1K8
20 June 2011
The Honourable Peter Penashue, P.C., M.P.
President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
In accordance with subsection 13(3) of the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act, the Board is pleased to submit, through you, its annual report to Parliament for the period 01 April 2010 to 31 March 2011.
The original version was signed by
Wendy A. Tadros
Table of Contents
- 2.1 Occurrences, Investigations and Safety Action
- 2.2 Communicating Transportation Safety to Canadians and the Transportation Community
- 2.3 A Look Back at our 20th Anniversary
- 2.4 Watchlist Update
- 2.5 Air Sector
- 2.6 Marine Sector
- 2.7 Rail Sector
- 2.8 Pipeline Sector
- Appendix A – Reports Released by the TSB in 2010-2011 by Sector
- Appendix B – Glossary
- Appendix C – Assessment Categories and Ratings for Responses to Board Recommendations
- Figure 1 Occurrences Reported to the TSB
- Figure 2 Investigations Started, in Process and Completed
- Figure 3 Ratings of Assessments of Responses, 1990–2011
- Figure 4 Watchlist Recommendations Ratings of Assessments of Responses, 1990–2011
- Figure 5 Air Occurrences and Fatalities
- Figure 6 Canadian-Registered Aircraft Accident Rates
- Figure 7 Marine Occurrences and Fatalities
- Figure 8 Canadian-Flag Shipping Accident Rates
- Figure 9 Rail Occurrences and Fatalities
- Figure 10 Main-Track Accident Rates
- Figure 11 Pipeline Occurrences
- Figure 12 Pipeline Accident Rates
- Table 1 Safety Outputs by the TSB
- Table 2 Board Assessments of Responses to Recommendations, 1990–2011
- Table 3 Air Productivity
- Table 4 Marine Productivity
- Table 5 Rail Productivity
- Table 6 Pipeline Productivity
The Chair's Message
For over 20 years, the dedicated and highly skilled experts at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) have investigated thousands of transportation occurrences. No matter where things go wrong—on our waterways, along our pipelines or railways, or in our skies—we make sure Canadians know what happened and why. Now, as we enter our third decade, we feel more confident than ever that Canadians can be proud of our innovative work—work that has established Canada as a world leader in accident investigation.
This year, our Annual Report to Parliament once again identifies a number of important safety issues. We have made recommendations aimed at improving railway tank cars carrying dangerous goods, increasing the safety of helicopters operating over water, and helping passengers survive floatplane crashes.
Our work, though, does not stop there. Our mandate is to improve transportation safety, not just report on it, and that means we are committed to ensuring that our voice is heard and understood by regulators and the industry.
One measure of our success is the number of recommendations that have been implemented. A total of 29 recommendations received a rating of
"Fully Satisfactory" in 2010-2011. Overall, this means that the response to 71% of TSB recommendations have been rated Fully Satisfactory. That figure, which was at 66% a year ago, has been trending upward since 2006. However, even though it is rewarding to see accident rates trend downward as some of the tough issues are tackled, progress remains slow. This, in turn, compromises safety, as accidents continue to occur due to the same underlying issues. In some cases, the gap between our recommendations and sufficient action has been over 15 years. That's simply not good enough.
Canadians need to have confidence in our transportation system, and that confidence needs to be built on trust: trust that recommendations are coming from strong scientific work put forth by a capable and independent voice, and that they will be implemented in a timely manner. Greater trust will only follow if more progress is made on important safety issues. I believe this is a matter of priorities and progress depends on the Department of Transport and its Minister bringing the greatest degree of resolve to these important issues.
The original version was signed by
Wendy A. Tadros
Section 1: Overview
1.1 Members of the Board
Chair Wendy A. Tadros
Transportation and legal experience includes Director of Legal Services for the National Transportation Agency of Canada; Inquiry Coordinator for
"The Road to Accessibility: An Inquiry into Canadian Motor Coach Services"; and counsel to the Canadian Transport Commission before the Commission of Inquiry into the Hinton Train Collision.
Member Kathy Fox
Transportation safety and air traffic services experience includes air traffic controller, commercial pilot, flight instructor, various management positions at Transport Canada, and Vice President of Operations at NAV CANADA. In 1999, received the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award. In November 2004, was inducted into the Quebec Air and Space Hall of Fame.
Member Martin Lacombe
Transportation and railway experience includes operations management and accident investigations with industry and the Canadian Transport Commission; Vice President of the Railway Association of Canada and Vice President of the Australasian Railroad Association. Was President of Genesee Rail-One, overseeing management and operation of short-line railways. Served in 2007 as a member of the Railway Safety Act Review Panel.
Member Ian S. MacKay
Transportation and legal experience includes working as a lawyer for Transport Canada and the National Transportation Agency (subsequently the Canadian Transportation Agency) with duties ranging from training inspector to conducting public hearings. Served as Vice President and member of the executive team of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.
Member Jonathan Seymour
Transportation policy and marine management experience includes Executive Director of International Maritime Centre–Vancouver; chartering, commercial and general manager for several shipping companies; marine policy advisor to the British Columbia government; and policy and economic consultant.
1.2 Senior Management
1.3 Mission of the TSB
We conduct independent safety investigations and communicate risks in the transportation system.
To encourage public confidence in transportation accident investigation, the investigating agency must be, and be seen to be, objective, independent and free from any conflicts of interest. The key feature of the TSB is its independence. It reports to Parliament through the President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and is separate from other government agencies and departments. Its independence enables it to be objective in arriving at its conclusions and recommendations. The TSB's continuing independence and credibility rest on its competence, openness, integrity and the fairness of its processes.
Section 2: Activities
2.1 Occurrences, Investigations and Safety Action
In 2010, a total of 1727 accidents and 1349 incidents were reported in accordance with the TSB's regulations for mandatory reporting of occurrences.1 The number of accidents in 2010 decreased by 1% from the 1748 accidents reported in 2009 and by 15% from the 2005–2009 annual average of 2038 accidents. The number of reported incidents decreased to 1349 in 2010 from 1360 in 2009, and was below the 2005–2009 average of 1397. In 2010, the TSB also received 765 voluntary reports. Fatalities totalled 168 in 2010, up 13 from the 2009 total, but the same as the 2005–2009 average.
Figure 1: Occurrences Reported to the TSB [D]
All reported occurrences were assessed in accordance with the Board's Occurrence Classification Policy to identify those with the greatest potential for advancing transportation safety. Information was entered into the TSB database for historical record, trend analysis and safety deficiency validation purposes.
In fiscal year 2010-2011, investigations were undertaken for 57 of the occurrences reported to the TSB. In that same period, 65 investigations were completed, compared to 73 in the previous year.2 The number of investigations in process decreased to 71 at the end of the fiscal year from 79 at the start. Average time to complete an investigation decreased to 488 days in fiscal year 2010-2011 compared to the previous five-year average (531).
Figure 2: Investigations Started, in Process and Completed [D]
Overall, the TSB has been successful in identifying safety deficiencies and in reducing risks in the transportation system. TSB investigations result in reports identifying safety deficiencies and, where appropriate, contain recommendations to reduce risks. Over this past year, where the TSB undertook an investigation, safety deficiencies or contributing factors were identified and communicated. These results reflect careful application of the TSB's Occurrence Classification Policy in deciding whether to investigate, and a thorough implementation of the investigation methodology. This systematic approach ensures that TSB investigation resources are invested in areas with the greatest potential safety payoffs.
In 2010-2011, in addition to investigation reports, the TSB issued a total of 46 safety outputs: 7 recommendations, 22 safety advisories and 17 safety information letters (see Table 1 for a breakdown by sector).
|Sector||Recommendations3||Safety Advisories||Safety Information Letters|
|Note: In 2010-2011, a total of 2 air safety concerns, 1 marine safety concern, and 2 rail safety concerns were identified.|
Safety information is also provided informally to key stakeholders throughout the investigation process, permitting them to take immediate safety actions. It is common practice for industry and government to take safety actions during the course of TSB investigations. Such safety actions range widely in scope and importance. Operators will often take immediate remedial action after discussion with TSB investigators (for example, to clear the sight-lines at a railway crossing by trimming bushes and vegetation). Regulators such as Transport Canada (TC) and the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States regularly issue mandatory directives requiring inspections and/or component replacement based on the TSB's preliminary findings. In such situations, rather than issuing recommendations, the TSB can then report on the corrective actions already taken by industry and government agencies.
In accordance with the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act, a federal minister who is notified of a TSB recommendation must, within 90 days, advise the Board in writing of any action taken or proposed to be taken in response, or the reasons for not taking action. The Board considers each response, assessing the extent to which the related safety deficiency was addressed. When a recommendation generates responses from within and outside Canada, the Board's assessment is based primarily on the Canadian response. This year, the TSB continued to publish on its website its assessment of industry and government organization responses to its recommendations made after 01 January 2005.
As presented in Table 2, during the period between 29 March 1990 and 31 March 2011, a total of 537 recommendations were assessed by the Board in the fully satisfactory, satisfactory intent, satisfactory in part and unsatisfactory categories. In addition, 7 recommendations are awaiting Board assessment, bringing the total number to 544.
|Number of Recommendations||247||146||131||20||544|
|Satisfactory in Part||56||6||10||0||72|
|To be determined||6||0||1||0||7|
In the 21-year period from 1990 to 2011, a majority of Board recommendations have effected positive change. As shown in Figure 3, in 82% of cases (71% fully satisfactory and 11% satisfactory intent), change agents have taken action or plan to take action that will substantially reduce the deficiency noted in the recommendation. In 13% of cases (satisfactory in part), change agents have taken or plan to take action that will only partially address the deficiency noted in the recommendation. In 4% of cases (unsatisfactory), change agents have neither taken nor plan to take action that will address the deficiency noted in the recommendation.
Over the next four years, the Board is aiming to have the status of 80% of all its recommendations as
Figure 3: Ratings of Assessments of Responses, 1990–2011 [D]
2.2 Communicating Transportation Safety to Canadians and the Transportation Community
At the TSB, investigating accidents is only part of our job. When something goes wrong—on our waterways, along our railroads or pipelines, or in our skies—we find out what happened, why, and what can be done to prevent something similar in the future. But just as important is communicating that information to the people who need it most: government and industry stakeholders, media outlets, first responders, national and local authorities, manufacturers, and the Canadian public.
To do that, we use a variety of forums and formats: safety advisories and information letters, final investigation reports, regular updates on the TSB website, monthly statistical reports, and media events across the country. In 2010-2011 alone, we released 65 investigation reports, and held 7 media events from coast to coast. We also responded to hundreds of media inquiries through the Head Office central media line—and that does not begin to include the thousands of questions that get handled at a regional level, or face-to-face at an accident site. The TSB Human Factors and Macro-Analysis Division published annual and monthly statistical reports and responded to 385 requests for complex transportation occurrence database information.
The TSB website continues to be an important resource for providing information on accident investigations and transportation safety in general. This year, we received an average of about 55 000 daily hits and 4500 daily visits. As well, there were approximately 240 000 document downloads. Furthermore, in September 2010, the TSB launched its RSS feeds, which helped maximize the profile of our website and products.
In addition, the TSB has built a vibrant outreach program, informing groups and associations about who we are, how we can work together, and generally making sure our message gets
"out there." To this end, Board members regularly give speeches and presentations, connecting with decision makers, raising awareness of transportation risks and encouraging further action on TSB recommendations. This fiscal year, they spoke to 23 audiences representing all four modes. TSB investigators also play an important role in promoting TSB's work and sharing information learned from investigations by attending and giving presentations at events and conferences in Canada and abroad.
All of this keeps us busy, of course, but it is worth it. Investigating accidents and keeping Canadians informed is a team effort, and at the TSB we are all working toward the same goal: making—and keeping—our nation's transportation system as safe as it can be.
2.3 A Look Back at our 20th Anniversary
At the TSB, we've been busy over the last 12 months. We came together to connect with Canadians, take stock of our accomplishments, and reflect on the uniqueness of our TSB family.
We kicked things off in March 2010, with a high-profile news conference promoting the release of our safety Watchlist, which targets nine key issues posing the biggest risk to Canadians. Later that spring, we opened our doors at the lab to the media for a guided tour, and then opened them a second time for a public tour in June as part of
"Doors Open Ottawa." In addition to on-line video testimonials, we also staffed a series of information booths at select locations across the country—letting Canadians know who we are and what we do. All of that, of course, was in addition to our
"regular" work: investigating accidents, writing recommendations and, in general, making transportation in Canada as safe as it can be.
Though our anniversary year has drawn to a close, our pride and commitment to excellence will continue. We take this opportunity to celebrate the people who make things tick. Whether they're in the field or behind a desk, facing the media, sifting through wreckage, or balancing the books, members of the TSB family are working hard for Canadians. For more than 20 years, their expertise, diligence and integrity have helped advance transportation safety, one investigation at a time, making this an organization we can all be proud of.
That's truly worth celebrating.
2.4 Watchlist Update
What it is, and why it matters
At the TSB, we conduct independent investigations into selected incidents and accidents. Once our findings are complete, we make them public, along with our recommendations. Our work, though, does not stop there. Our mandate is to improve transportation safety, not just report on it—and that means speaking up if a risk still remains, and pushing for change when not enough has been done.
In March 2010, we released our safety Watchlist, which highlights nine critical issues posing the greatest risk to Canadians, issues that must be tackled to make Canada's transportation system safer. Prior to this, our experts had found troubling patterns in their work. In fact, far too frequently, they arrived at the scene of an accident only to see the same set of persistent safety issues. In some cases, these outstanding issues were up to 15 years old, yet still not sufficiently addressed.
The Watchlist, then, became a
"blueprint for change"—a way to restate the TSB's safety messages, stimulate discussion, and generate further action on the part of regulators and industry.
Progress Achieved in 2010-2011
Underpinning the nine issues in the Watchlist are 41 safety recommendations—action items aimed at both industry and regulators. Prior to March 2010, only a handful of the responses to these recommendations had received our highest rating of
"Fully Satisfactory." Since the Watchlist's release, we have added the
"Fully Satisfactory" rating to seven more. This means that, in the first year, we are a little under a third of the way in addressing these crucial safety issues.
Figure 4: Watchlist Recommendations Ratings of Assessments of Responses, 1990–2011 [D]
In aviation, there has been very limited progress, and no Watchlist-related recommendations have become Fully Satisfactory. To the contrary, the responses to three Watchlist-related recommendations have been downgraded by the Board to
"Unsatisfactory." This is a troubling trend.
New regulations have been drafted to require the implementation of technology to warn pilots about ground proximity and thereby reduce the risk of
"controlled flight into terrain" accidents.
Transport Canada has taken back the oversight of business aircraft and continues to work on the implementation of safety management systems (SMS). For large carriers, these systems appear to be working well. However, it is taking time to extend SMS to Canada's air taxis, helicopter operators, commuter airlines and flight training schools.
International standards have also been established for better data and voice recorders on board aircraft. However, Transport Canada is just beginning the process to harmonize Canadian requirements with the new international standards.
Despite some success at preventing collisions on runways, a greater use of enhanced collision warning systems is still required. Pilots also need to receive timely information about runway surface conditions, particularly during bad weather.
Transport Canada has undertaken a review of historical data with the intention of improving the safety of planes that overrun. Based upon a preliminary analysis, Transport Canada is proposing to move toward a requirement for runways to be compliant with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard of a 90 m runway end safety area (RESA) beyond the 60 m runway end strip (for a total of 150 m). Transport Canada also intends to undertake a risk analysis with respect to the ICAO recommended 300 m. This action has not yet advanced sufficiently to adequately reduce the risks to transportation safety.
Good progress has been made in the marine sector, as four Watchlist-related recommendations have become Fully Satisfactory.
Over the last year, major steps have been taken to give crews aboard Canada's ferries better emergency preparedness training, and more effective methods to account for passengers. The regulatory framework is in place to address this safety issue, and it is now up to industry to implement the new measures in an effective manner.
The Canadian Coast Guard has developed and implemented new policies and procedures pertaining to the towing of fishing vessels in ice conditions. New Fishing Vessel Safety regulations have been drafted by Transport Canada and once implemented they are expected to directly address recommendations regarding survival suits, the stowage and launching of liferafts, and vessel stability. However, this work is progressing very slowly. Greater priority needs to be placed on this long-standing issue in order to improve the safety of Canadians who earn their living fishing at sea.
Transport Canada has also begun consultations to develop a three-tiered approach for safety management of domestic vessels based on their size, type and/or number of passengers. Moreover, proposed regulations will provide for the mandatory carriage of data recorders on board certain Canadian passenger vessels and cargo vessels. All of these steps—if and when they are fully implemented—will greatly improve safety.
In the rail sector, good progress has also been made, with the response to three Watchlist-related recommendations becoming Fully Satisfactory during the past year.
Progress has been made by the regulator with respect to the auditing and enforcement oversight of railway SMS. Guidelines and tools have also been developed to assist railways with their SMS implementation.
Transport Canada, meanwhile, is ensuring that safety assessments are conducted on railway crossings in the busy Québec-Windsor corridor. Significant progress has been made by industry in this area. There has also been progress made toward developing special signage at crossings for emergency contact numbers and low ground clearance advance warning signs.
With regard to train marshalling and handling, Transport Canada has undertaken research into train/track interaction, but there are as yet no timelines for implementing any new policies or guidelines. Industry has taken some steps to improve train marshalling practices, but not all railways are progressing equally, and the TSB continues to investigate new accidents where marshalling practices caused or contributed to the accident.
Through ongoing renewal of locomotives and the use of distributed power for main-track operations, the industry has made good progress toward reducing the risk of losing event recorder information during an accident.
Clearly, while some progress has been made, much more remains to be done. We have set a goal of 100% implementation: Over the next four years, we want the status of every single Watchlist recommendation— all 41 of them—to become
To this end, we will monitor all action taken and provide regulators with periodic scorecards. We will also continue our outreach activities to raise greater awareness of the Watchlist issues. Next spring we will conduct a more fulsome assessment, reporting publicly on action taken and the results that have been achieved. We will also review and update our Watchlist. Issues that have been addressed in a Fully Satisfactory manner will be removed, and new issues may be added.
2.5 Air Sector
2.5.1 Annual Statistics
Canadian-registered aircraft, other than ultralights, were involved in 244 reported accidents in 2010, a 2% decrease from the 2009 total of 249 and 7% below the 2005–2009 average of 261.
Canadian-registered aircraft, other than ultralights, were involved in 31 fatal occurrences with 64 fatalities in 2010, comparable to the 28 fatal occurrences with 64 fatalities in 2009 and the five-year average of 30 fatal occurrences with 54 fatalities. A total of 15 fatal occurrences involved commercial aircraft (12 aeroplanes and 3 helicopters), and 15 of the remaining 16 fatal occurrences involved privately operated aeroplanes. The number of accidents involving ultralights decreased to 30 in 2010 from 34 in 2009, and the number of fatal accidents in 2010 was 3, the same as in 2009.
The number of foreign-registered aircraft accidents in Canada for 2010 (14) was comparable to the 2009 total 15. There were 2 fatal accidents in 2010 and 2 in 2009.
In 2010, a total of 816 incidents were reported to the TSB in accordance with mandatory reporting requirements. This represents a 4% increase from the 2009 total of 788 but a 3% decrease from the 2005–2009 average of 837.
Figure 5: Air Occurrences and Fatalities [D]
According to data provided by Transport Canada, the estimate of flying activity for 2010 is 3 980 000 hours, yielding an accident rate of 6.0 accidents per 100 000 flying hours, down from the 2009 rate of 6.2, and down from the five-year rate of 6.3. There has been a significant downward trend in the accident rate for Canadian-registered aircraft over the past 10 years.
Figure 6: Canadian-Registered Aircraft Accident Rates [D]
A total of 37 air investigations were started in 2010-2011 and 38 investigations were completed. This represents a decrease in the number of investigations completed compared to the previous year (50). The average duration of completed investigations was 503 days, up from the 2009 average of 430 days and the previous five-year average (450 days). This increase is attributable to concentrated efforts to complete complex investigations such as the Air Canada in-flight control difficulties (TSB Investigation Report A08W0007), the Cougar Helicopters Inc. main gearbox failure and collision with water (TSB Investigation Report A09A0016), the Seair Seaplanes Ltd. loss of control and collision with water (TSB Investigation Report A09P0397), and the Air France runway excursion (TSB Investigation Report A08Q0171). There was also a greater-than-average number of occurrences in the Quebec region in 2010-2011.
|Note: Results can fluctuate significantly from year to year due to a number of factors such as staff turnover, the complexity of investigations and the investigation of major occurrences.|
|Average Duration of Completed Investigations (Number of Days)||404||516||493||430||430||503|
|Safety Information Letters||5||12||9||8||2||3|
2.5.3 Safety Actions Taken
Six air safety recommendations were issued in 2010-2011.
The Air Branch reassessed responses to 27 recommendations issued since 1990. The Board's reassessments were communicated to change agents for information and action.
18.104.22.168 Air Recommendations Issued in 2010-2011
Main Gearbox Malfunction and Collision with Water,
Cougar Helicopters Inc., Sikorsky S-92A,
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, 35 nm E, 12 March 2009
Report No. A09A0016
The Federal Aviation Administration, Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency remove the
"extremely remote"provision from the rule requiring 30 minutes of safe operation following the loss of main gearbox lubricant for all newly constructed Category A transport helicopters and, after a phase-in period, for all existing ones.
The Federal Aviation Administration assess the adequacy of the 30 minute main gearbox run dry requirement for Category A transport helicopters.
Transport Canada prohibit commercial operation of Category A transport helicopters over water when the sea state will not permit safe ditching and successful evacuation.
Transport Canada require that supplemental underwater breathing apparatus be mandatory for all occupants of helicopters involved in overwater flights who are required to wear a PTSS.
Seair Seaplanes Ltd., de Havilland DHC-2 (Beaver),
Lyall Harbour, Saturna Island, British Columbia, 29 November 2009
Report No. A09P0397
The Department of Transport require that all new and existing commercial seaplanes be fitted with regular and emergency exits that allow rapid egress following a survivable collision with water.
The Department of Transport require that occupants of commercial seaplanes wear a device that provides personal flotation following emergency egress.
22.214.171.124 Assessment of Responses to Air Recommendations Issued in 2009-2010 and 2007-2008
Report No. A07A0134
The Department of Transport ensure that eye-to-wheel height information is readily available to pilots of aircraft exceeding 12 500 pounds.
In its reassessment of March 2011, the Board said that it is pleased that an article will be published and that additional information will be added to the AIM. However, while these two actions will raise awareness, they will not ensure that EWH information is readily available to pilots of aircraft exceeding 12 500 pounds. While TC's initial response to this recommendation indicated that it agreed with the intent of the recommendation to ensure that EWH information be readily available to pilots of aircraft exceeding 12 500 pounds, in its latest response, it appears that TC is passing on the responsibility of ensuring the information is available to the air operators and pilots.
In view of the limited number of manufacturers involved in the production and sale in Canada of aircraft exceeding 12 500 pounds, the Board expected that TC would take a more proactive approach in ensuring that this information be readily available to pilots and endeavoured to raise awareness of this issue with the different manufacturers. This would have resulted in long-term results, as well as a global approach to mitigation of this deficiency. In addition, the success of the approach taken by TC will be difficult to assess in the future.
TC's action taken to date will not substantially reduce or eliminate the safety deficiency.
The Department of Transport require training on visual glide slope indicator (VGSI) systems so pilots can determine if the system in use is appropriate for their aircraft.
- pilots must ensure that the approach slope indicator systems are appropriate for the given aircraft type based on eye-to-wheel height (EWH) information provided by the aircraft manufacturer;
- the aircraft manufacturer should be contacted to determine the EWH information for the given aircraft type, if this information is not already available in the aircraft flight manual (AFM) or other authoritative aircraft manual (for example, Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM)); and
- failure to assess the EWH and approach slope indicator system compatibility could result in decreased terrain clearance margin and in some cases even premature contact with terrain.
In its response, TC indicates that VGSI training is already provided to pilots at different stages of their training. While it will be providing additional information on VGSI in its AIM and producing an advisory circular, it has determined that additional training is not required.
However, even if VGSI training is already provided to pilots at different stages of their training, the investigation determined that, while most pilots are aware that different VGSI systems are in use, they are not aware of their limitations, nor are they aware of the fact that some VGSI systems may be inappropriate for a given type of aircraft. This indicates that the current training program is not successful at adequately transmitting the information.
While the planned actions have the potential to reduce some of the risk, they will benefit only pilots referring to the AIM or pilots targeted by the advisory circular. Without training on VGSI systems so pilots can determine if the system in use is appropriate for their aircraft, there continues to be a substantial level of risk to crews and the travelling public.
Requiring VGSI training as part of a pilot's aircraft type conversion training would provide an ideal opportunity to enhance awareness of any limitations that may exist between the aircraft and the various VGSI systems.
Given TC's proposals, the Board is concerned that the level of VGSI awareness among pilots and the associated risks identified in Recommendation A09-04 will not be fully addressed.
The Canadian Business Aviation Association set safety management system implementation milestones for its certificate holders.
In its initial response, dated 18 February 2010, the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) indicated that it concurred with the Board recommendation. On 15 March 2010, the CBAA provided details on the status of CBAA's implementation of the recommendation through its planned amendments to the Business Aviation Operational Safety Standards (BA-OSS). The objectives of the proposed amendments were to set objective standards for audit periodicity and to set milestones for achieving minimum safety management system (SMS) levels upon initial certification and within three years thereafter.
The CBAA indicated that private operators will be required to achieve, at minimum, a Level 1 SMS during the initial certification audit and then undergo another audit within one year of operation. Following the initial audit, it was proposed that the audit periodicity be set at one year for a Level 1 SMS, two years for a Level 2 SMS and three years for a Level 3 SMS. Furthermore, in order to maintain a valid private operator certificate (POC), a private operator will be required to achieve and maintain a Level 2 SMS within three years after initial certification. No milestone was set for Level 3 SMS.
The CBAA is required under the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) to consult with its operator members before adopting amendments to the BA-OSS. This consultation process got underway and it was intended that the amendments be adopted by 30 June 2010, dependent on the results of the consultations, with final wording to follow.
However, on 16 March 2010, Transport Canada (TC ) announced that, effective 01 April 2011, the government was taking back responsibility for the certification of business aviation from the CBAA. Therefore, TC will be responsible for POC holders and the CBAA will be removed from the regulatory structure. Because of this, the CBAA informed the TSB that it would not be feasible to proceed with the proposed amendments before the transfer date. However, as an interim measure to meet the intent of the recommendation, the CBAA will stress with its accredited auditors the necessity for operators to meet all requirements of the CBAA's SMS standards. In addition, the CBAA will place emphasis on monitoring auditor fulfilment of this requirement through its quality assurance program.
In its response, the CBAA indicated that it agrees with the Board's recommendation. In addition, it indicated that the CBAA planned amendments to the BA-OSS with the objectives of setting objective standards for audit periodicity and to set milestones for achieving minimum SMS levels upon initial certification and within three years thereafter. A consultation process is underway for adoption of the proposed amendments.
However, TC announced that, effective 01 April 2011; the government will take back responsibility for the certification of business aviation operators from the CBAA, therefore removing the CBAA from the regulatory structure. While the CBAA will not have sufficient time to implement all of its proposed changes before the transfer date, it has indicated that it will stress with its accredited auditors the necessity for operators to meet all requirements of the CBAA's SMS standards.
The combined safety actions initiated by the CBAA and TC should, if fully implemented, substantially reduce or eliminate the safety deficiency.
The Department of Transport ensure that the Canadian Business Aviation Association implement an effective quality assurance program for auditing certificate holders.
Transport Canada (TC ) agrees with the recommendation. A full review of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) regulatory program, including the requirements to include an effective quality assurance program for auditing certificate holders, has been initiated with the results to be presented for consultation before the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC).
In the meantime, TC continues to work with the CBAA toward strengthening its quality assurance program and will be making the required adjustments to TC's surveillance program.
To address this and other findings, as well as collaterally responding to the TSB recommendation, TC took the following action:
- It assigned additional resources (working and supervisory level pilot inspectors with managerial support and direction from a Chief level position) to oversee the CBAA Private Operator Certificate Program, and to improve associated processes and procedures. Such improvements include regular, scheduled communications with the CBAA, the monitoring of reported occurrences and follow-up review with the CBAA.
- It undertook a formal follow-up of the 2007 assessment and CBAA's progress in addressing the findings raised. The follow-up took place in the spring of 2009. This review found that the finding concerning CBAA's implementation of a quality assurance program of its audit program had not been fully addressed and, as such, this finding remained open. The CBAA has recently notified the Department of proposed changes to its processes and procedures to address this finding. TC reviewed these changes and met with the CBAA in January 2010. Consequently, the CBAA modified its quality assurance program.
Subsequent to TC's formal response to the TSB's recommendations, on 16 March 2010, the Minister of Transport announced that TC will take back the certification and oversight functions for business aviation from the CBAA. This took effect on 01 April 2011.
Report No. A05F0025
The European Aviation Safety Agency, in coordination with other involved regulatory authorities and industry, ensure that the AS 350 helicopter hydraulic cut-off (HYD CUT OFF) switch is capable of handling the inductive electrical load of the circuit.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) advised that Eurocopter recognizes that the hydraulic cut-off switch experienced a series of problems following the introduction of a design change which increased from 3 to 4 the number of
"electrovalves" commanded by the switch. The risk analysis conducted by the manufacturer considers the severity of the failure of the hydraulic cut-off switch which can be detected during the pre-flight check as minor and the loss of the hydraulic cut-off switch together with the seizure of the servo-slide valve distributor as catastrophic. The probabilities associated to both cases have been shown acceptable when compared with the certification safety objectives for the two failure criticality levels.
In addition, Eurocopter developed a new design change that is intended to avoid premature deterioration of the switch. This newly designed switch has been installed on all aircraft manufactured since December 2008. Eurocopter has also issued a non-mandatory service bulletin that recommends the retrofit of the hydraulic cut-off switch.
Given the above, the EASA considers this issue closed.
126.96.36.199 Other Air Safety Actions
This section highlights air safety action taken by regulators, operators, and manufacturers on various issues as a result of TSB investigations.
TSB Investigation Report A10W0038
Following a loss of separation occurrence at Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, NAV CANADA issued a unit operations bulletin and briefed controller staff on the
"plan, execute and monitor" process. The bulletin emphasized the timely and accurate transfer of information to participating agencies. Additionally, it emphasized that the role Yellowknife Airport controllers play in the execution of a plan is an active one, and that they are instrumental in ensuring the safe and efficient control of traffic.
TSB Investigation Report A10W0040
As a result of the investigation into a runway incursion involving an intersection departure at Calgary International Airport, Alberta, during reduced visibility operations, the operator issued a Flight Operations Bulletin directing that, when operating in low or reduced visibility conditions, crews were to perform only full length departures from all runways. NAV CANADA issued an Operations Letter directing that, during low or reduced visibility operations, departures from runway intersections would be discontinued unless the tower coordinator position was open and staffed.
TSB Investigation Report A08O0036
Following the investigation into an aircraft collision with trees on approach to Hamilton Airport, Ontario, the operator issued two Flight Operations Bulletins (FOB). The first (01-08) requires flight crews to use only the non-directional beacon (NDB) minimums of 1280 feet mean sea level (MSL) published for Runway 30 at Hamilton when conducting the localizer Runway 30 approach and not the lower localizer minimums of 1160 feet MSL. The second (02-08) requires flight crews to use pilot-monitored approach (PMA) procedures for all non-precision approaches on Boeing 727 aircraft, regardless of reported weather conditions.
TSB Investigation Report A08Q0051
When the TSB reported on an aircraft out-of trim condition on board an Airbus A310-308 aircraft, the operator initiated several new procedures and clarified others. The procedures applicable to low-visibility take-off situations were clarified for the benefit of company check pilots, guidelines for autopilot engagement after take-off were added to the standard operating procedure, and the pilot training program was modified to include a comprehensive technical and practical training package on upset recovery training. Also, an exercise on abnormal pitch behaviour emergency procedure was added to the recurrent simulator training program.
For the same occurrence, as a follow-up to information provided by TSB's engineering staff, Canadian Aviation Electronics (CAE) examined the pertinent technical data and found that there was an error in the simulator's modeling of the force gradient beyond 38 mm of shaft movement in the artificial feel unit. CAE refined the software in the simulator used by the operator, to allow the control column force to increase, on an increased gradient, for additional, more realistic control force at high-speed, low-altitude, neutral or nose-down trim.
Additionally, CAE decided to verify if the CAE-made Airbus A300 and A310 simulators were also affected by the same issue. As such, on 16 July 2010, CAE wrote a Field Service Bulletin (FSBT-SIM- 438-SW) to all its customers potentially affected as operator of these simulators. This represents approximately 10 simulators around the world.
TSB Investigation Report A08W0007
Following a serious wake turbulence encounter involving an Airbus A319-114, Airbus issued a revision to the Airbus Maintenance Manual, chapter 05-51-44, for A318/A319/A320/A321 aircraft defining inspection requirements following high lateral acceleration events. The operator incorporated this information into the maintenance program for the aircraft types. Airbus issued Operator Information Telexes SE 999.0012/08/LB, dated 15 February 2008, and SE999.0012/08/LB Revision 01, dated 03 April 2008, to all operators of Airbus aircraft. The purpose was to communicate details of the event as well as inform operators of pending changes to reporting and maintenance requirements after encountering severe lateral acceleration.
TSB Investigation Report A09P0397
After the TSB investigation of a fatal accident involving a floatplane collision with water, Transport Canada completed a number of initiatives including:
- publishing articles in the Aviation Safety Letter to promote egress training and effective passenger briefings,
- developing posters and pamphlets for distribution to floatplane passengers to increase awareness of their role in safety,
- tasking its inspectors to ensure floatplane operators receive the latest safety promotion materials to emphasize the importance of egress training and better passenger briefings during their visits and to conduct follow-up telephone surveys of floatplane operators to verify that they are using the safety promotion materials, and
- producing a video for use by operators promoting best practices and lessons learned in floatplane operations.
TSB Investigation Report A09A0016
Following the initiation of TSB's investigation into a helicopter main gearbox (MGB) malfunction and collision with water, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2009-07-53 for Sikorsky S-92A helicopters, which required, before further flight, removing all titanium studs that attach the MGB filter bowl assembly to the MGB and replacing them with steel studs. This AD was superseded by AD 2009-13-01, dated 16 June 2009, which required the same actions as the existing AD as well as changes to the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM).
The FAA issued AD 2010-10-03, making it mandatory to replace the MGB filter bowl assembly with a two-piece MGB filter bowl assembly and to replace the existing mounting studs. The AD specified that these actions are intended to prevent failure of the MGB filter bowl assembly due to failure of the mounting studs or the filter bowl, loss of oil from the MGB, failure of the MGB, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
The operator introduced a more detailed and robust Safety Management System (SMS) designed to bring all departmental safety practices together. Aviation safety, occupational safety, and maintenance quality assurance were combined into one program called the Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS). The combined program allows a documented, comprehensive approach throughout company operations leading to better internal communications and more effective safety action.
Sikorsky issued Alert Service Bulletin 92-63-014A Revision A, which described procedures for removing titanium studs and replacing them with steel studs.
Sikorsky designed, qualified, and fielded a new two-piece filter bowl, using six replaceable nut and bolt fasteners.
East coast offshore oil rig operators began supplying Survival Egress Air LV2 (SEA LV2) emergency underwater breathing apparatus (EUBA) systems to all passengers following orientation sessions, which included offshore briefings and demonstrations, heliport check-in briefings, and mandatory in-water training. The SEA LV2 is a compressed air device and the bottle is affixed to the chest area of the passenger transportation suit systems (PTSS). The unit provides approximately 21 breaths based on an average breath volume of 1.5 litres at a breath rate of 10.5 breaths per minute, which equates to approximately 2 sminutes of air.
Helly Hansen assisted the operator's personnel in ensuring that all offshore employees were wearing a PTSS of the appropriate size. The resizing was completed by performing a functional assessment of the PTSS that included ensuring adequate seals around the wrists and face as well as appropriate mobility. When the seals or mobility were less than adequate, passengers underwent a full body measurement. The fit checks revealed that approximately 250 of the 1600 regular rotation offshore workers were wearing improperly fitted PTSS.
2.6 Marine Sector
2.6.1 Annual Statistics
In all, 353 marine accidents were reported to the TSB in 2010, a 10% decrease from the 2009 total of 393 and a 21% decrease from the 2005–2009 average of 447. Marine fatalities totalled 17 in 2010, up from the 2009 total of 14 but down from the 2005–2009 average of 19.
Shipping accidents, which comprised 85% of marine accidents in 2010, were down to 299 from 341 in 2009 and from the five-year average of 393. A total of 42% of all vessels involved in shipping accidents were fishing vessels. Accidents to persons aboard ship, which include falls, electrocution, and other types of injuries requiring hospitalization, totalled 54 in 2010, comparable to the 2009 total of 52 and the same as the five-year average.
In 2010, shipping accidents resulted in 11 fatalities, up from 7 in 2009 but the same as the five-year average. Accidents aboard ship resulted in 6 fatalities, down from the 7 in 2009 and the five-year average of 9.
In all, 26 vessels involved in reportable TSB accidents were reported lost in 2010, down from the 2009 total of 27 and the five-year average of 31.
In 2010, 234 marine incidents were reported to the TSB in accordance with mandatory reporting requirements. This represents a 5% decrease from the 2009 total of 247, and is down 8% compared to the five-year average of 255.
Figure 7: Marine Occurrences and Fatalities [D]
According to information provided by Transport Canada, marine activity for Canadian commercial non-fishing vessels over 15 gross tons (excluding passenger vessels and cruise ships) decreased by 18% from the 2005–2009 average. This yields an accident rate of 3.3 accidents per 1000 movements, down from the 2009 rate of 4.7 and down from the five-year average of 3.9. Marine activity for foreign commercial non-fishing vessels decreased by 9% from the 2005–2009 average while the accident rate decreased to 1.7 accidents per 1000 movements, down from the five-year average of 1.9.
Figure 8: Canadian-Flag Shipping Accident Rates [D]
In 2010-2011, 5 marine investigations were started and 8 investigations were completed. This represents a decrease in the number of investigations completed compared to the previous year (9). The average duration of completed investigations was 529 days, the same as in 2009, and below the average of the previous five years (744 days).
|Note: Results can fluctuate significantly from year to year due to a number of factors such as staff turnover, the complexity of investigations and the investigation of major occurrences.|
|Average Duration of Completed Investigations (Number of Days)||651||801||936||796||529||529|
|Safety Information Letters||8||8||4||12||9||6|
2.6.3 Safety Actions Taken
No marine safety recommendation was issued in 2010-2011.
The Marine Branch reassessed responses to 18 recommendations issued since 1990. The Board's reassessments were communicated to the appropriate change agent(s) for information and action.
188.8.131.52 Other Marine Safety Actions
This section highlights marine safety action taken by the regulator, operators, and manufacturers on various issues as a result of TSB investigations.
TSB Investigation Report M07L0158
On 22 March 2010, Transport Canada (TC) published Ship Safety Bulletin 02/2010, which outlines the possible side effects from over-the-counter or prescription medications that are of particular concern with respect to the performance of crew members in safety-critical positions.
TC indicated that it is currently carrying out a two-year pilot project, based in the Pacific region, which is testing Safety Management System (SMS) domestic implementation with a view to developing a SMS regulation and implementation strategy for vessels that are not required to comply with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.
The ship management company involved reported that it took 11 specific safety measures following the release of the TSB report. Four of the safety measures involved physical modifications to the vessel, including the addition of two electronic chart system repeaters and the installation of a washroom on the navigation bridge. Five of the safety measures were procedural, affecting passenger safety directly (including passenger briefing and passenger accounting). The remaining two measures address operational procedures on the bridge and on the vessel in general, including the development of an operational guide for new officers.
TSB Investigation Report M09W0141
TC observed a Lloyd's Document of Compliance audit and met with a tug management company to discuss the results of the company's internal investigation into the capsizing of one its tugs. The tug's management company replaced its Domestic Safety Management manual with the company's existing safety management manual used for the voluntary adoption of the ISM Code. TC reviewed the manual and determined that it met the requirements of the domestic SMS guidelines.
In addition to its own investigation, the company took the following actions: issued a safety memo to all the company's crews concerning the girding of the vessel; amended its emergency response plans (now includes capsizing guidelines); conducted a company-wide meeting to discuss the occurrence with the crews (and follow-up); and reviewed marine casualties to determine if there were any scenarios that should be considered for inclusion within its emergency procedures.
TSB Investigation Report M09C0051
A ship management company distributed a fleet circular to its vessels highlighting an occurrence on one of its vessels and its causes, verified the installation of the simplified voyage data recorder (S-VDR) on all its vessels and exemplified this occurrence in its company-run Bridge Team Management courses.
Following this occurrence, a Pilotage Authority made it mandatory for all local pilots to review/practice the manoeuvre involved in the occurrence during Authority pilot training programs undertaken every five years.
A technical bulletin (2010-05-17) was issued by Transas Marine International AB and sent to all vessels equipped with Transas VDR/SVDR 3200 with a notification that crew should check the switch SW4-5 setting.
TSB Investigation Report M09W0147
The owner of a whale-watching company involved in an occurrence retrained its crews on the safety equipment, including the use of the primary and auxiliary pumps. Crew members are now required to record each training and drill session in a log kept in the company office. Pre-trip planning was expanded to include a discussion among the vessel masters and the owner on the weather, tides, courses, and navigational hazards. An updated version of the company safety manual was also drafted.
TSB Investigation Report M09L0074
TC carried out stability calculations for a fishing vessel involved in an occurrence, which revealed deficiencies in the intact stability of the vessel. TC identified nine similarly built vessels. The owners of these vessels were contacted and advised of the risks. On 08 July 2009, the TSB issued Marine Safety Information Letter (MSI) 03/09 (Adequacy of stability of certain series-built fishing vessels). The nine vessels in question were detained until such time as each vessel underwent an inclining test and possessed a stability booklet. As of August 2010, eight of the nine vessels have complied (the ninth is not in operation).
2.7 Rail Sector
2.7.1 Annual Statistics
A total of 1075 rail accidents were reported to the TSB in 2010, a 3% increase from the 2009 total of 1043 but a 16% decrease from the 2005–2009 average of 1278. Rail-related fatalities totalled 81 in 2010, up from the 2009 total of 71 but below the five-year average of 85.
Four main-track collisions occurred in 2010, compared to 5 in 2009 and the five-year average of 6. In 2010, there were 80 main-track derailments, an increase of 19% from the 2009 total of 67 but a 42% decrease from the five-year average of 139. Non-main-track derailments increased to 539 in 2010 from 497 in 2009 but decreased from the five-year average of 632.
In 2010, crossing accidents decreased to 181 from the 2009 total of 188 and the five-year average of 228. Crossing-related fatalities numbered 24, up from 19 in 2009 but down from the five-year average of 27. Trespasser accidents increased by 13% to 81 in 2010, up from 72 in 2009, but down by 4% from the five-year average of 84. With a total of 55 fatalities in 2010, trespasser accidents continued to account for the majority of rail fatalities.
In 2010, 141 rail accidents involved dangerous goods (this also includes crossing accidents in which the motor vehicle was carrying a dangerous good), up from 133 in 2009 but below the five-year average of 174. Two of these accidents resulted in a release of product.
In 2010, rail incidents reported to the TSB in accordance with the mandatory reporting requirements totalled 159, down from 207 in 2009 and the five-year average of 222. Movements exceeding limits of authority incidents (102) comprised the largest proportion of the 159 reportable incidents. The second-largest contributor was dangerous goods leaker incidents (40).
Figure 9: Rail Occurrences and Fatalities [D]
According to data provided by Transport Canada, estimated rail activity increased by 7.3% from 2009 but decreased by 7.3% from the five-year average. The accident rate decreased to 12.8 accidents per million train-miles in 2010 from 13.3 in 2009, and the five-year rate of 14.1.
Another indicator of rail transportation safety in Canada is the main-track accident rate (Figure 10). This rate decreased to 2.1 accidents per million main-track train-miles in 2010 from 2.3 in 2009, and the five-year average of 2.7.
Figure 10: Main-Track Accident Rates [D]
A total of 14 rail investigations were started in 2010-2011 and 16 investigations were completed. The average duration of completed investigations was 442 days, down from the 2009 average of 498 days and below the previous five-year average (570 days).
|Note: Results can fluctuate significantly from year to year due to a number of factors such as staff turnover, the complexity of investigations and the investigation of major occurrences.|
|Average Duration of Completed Investigations (Number of Days)||519||598||697||539||498||442|
|Safety Information Letters||8||2||13||12||9||8|
2.7.3 Safety Actions Taken
One rail safety recommendation was issued in 2010-2011.
The Rail Branch reassessed responses to 30 recommendations issued since 1990. The Board's reassessments were communicated to the appropriate change agent(s) for information and action.
184.108.40.206 Rail Recommendation Issued in 2010-2011
Report No. R09W0016
The Department of Transport, in conjunction with the railway industry and other North American regulators, establish a protocol for reporting and analyzing tank car stub sill failures so that unsafe cars are repaired or removed from service.
Transport Canada (TC) accepts the intent of the recommendation. TC recognizes the importance of having appropriate data through effective reporting systems to protect public safety in the transportation of dangerous goods.
Following this accident, TC analyzed the current data on tank car stub sill failures to identify trends and anomalies, and will continue this work as more information becomes available. In January 2010, TC initiated a stub sill inspection program for rail tank cars with its federal inspectors.
TC is committed to working with the industry and other North America regulators to take appropriate steps to improve data collection and reporting requirements for stub sill repairs. TC has ongoing meetings with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Association of American Railroads to investigate both the particulars of this accident and the associated data collection concerns. TC and the FRA are considering implementing additional interim reporting requirements for industry.
Over the next three or four years, TC will be conducting a full review and update of reporting requirements in Part 8 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations. This review will consider any interim measures adopted, and assess the need for further regulatory changes to improve reporting of stub sill failures.
220.127.116.11 Assessment of Responses to Rail Recommendations Issued in 2009-2010
Near Lillooet, British Columbia, 29 June 2006
Report No. R06V0136
Canadian National take effective action to identify and mitigate risks to safety as required by its safety management system, and the Department of Transport require Canadian National to do so.
Mallorytown, Ontario, 15 July 2008
Report No. R08T0158
Transport Canada work with the provincial governments to expedite the implementation of a national standard for low ground clearance advance warning signs at railway crossings.
18.104.22.168 Other Rail Safety Actions
This section highlights rail safety action taken by regulators and operators on various issues as a result of TSB investigations.
TSB Investigation Report R08E0150
Canadian National (CN) implemented increased track inspections and speed restrictions where rail defect data indicated a higher risk of cold weather problems. CN is continuing to place emphasis on rail flaw detector testing during cold weather months. There has been a significant increase in the number of rail flaw detector tests over its main line track.
TSB Investigation Report R09H0010
Subsequent to a locomotive fire on a passenger train, VIA Rail Canada Inc. (VIA) revised its maintenance documentation to address potential problems with fuel injection pumps and fuel injectors. VIA revised its Emergency Response Procedures Refresher Course for On-Train Employees and updated its train evacuation procedures, passenger handling safety plan, and communications equipment. RailTerm introduced new rail traffic control protocols related to communications and track authorities when handling train emergencies.
TSB Investigation Report R09W0016
Transport Canada (TC), the United States Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Association of American Railroads (AAR), and tank car builders, are reviewing the UTLZBN design stub sill to better understand its failure mode and to determine if any regulatory action is required for tank cars built with these stub sills. CN enhanced its Smart Yard system at MacMillan Yard to ensure that bad order cars are appropriately handled.
TSB Investigation Report R09T0057
RailAmerica, in response to an accident involving improperly secured and unattended equipment on the Hydro Spur at Nanticoke, Ontario, revised its practices and expectations related to the securement of equipment.
TSB Investigation Report R09T0092
CN, in response to a train derailment involving high in-train forces, reviewed and revised its train make-up rules for conventional freight trains operating on the Kingston Subdivision. CN continues to monitor its train configurations for exceptional marshalling issues, such as large blocks of empties ahead of large blocks of loads. CN began implementing distributed power (DP) trains on the Kingston Subdivision with the intention that, in future, all trains operating at this location will be DP trains.
TSB Investigation Report R09H0006
Subsequent to a derailment involving broken securement mechanisms for various panels on a locomotive, TC completed a survey of federally regulated railways to ensure that various panels on locomotives are appropriately secured. TC Rail Safety inspectors verified that adequate instructions exist for inspecting the securement mechanisms and that railway inspections are being performed as required.
After a beaver dam collapse resulted in a track washout and train derailment, RailAmerica implemented annual aerial inspections to identify high-risk flooding areas beyond the range of conventional right-of-way and culvert inspections.
TSB Investigation Report R09W0118
After a CN freight train collided with the tail end of the preceding train, CN issued a Notice to all chief dispatchers and rail traffic controllers (RTCs) concerning Rule 564(e) and items 759 and 760 of the Rail Traffic Control Manual. The notice prohibits the use of reduced speed Rule 564 authority when there is equipment ahead in the block.
TSB Investigation Report R09V0230
Subsequent to a train collision during which crew members were distracted, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) established a signal record checklist as a standard operating procedure to aid in the detection, identification, communication, and documentation of signals.
TSB Investigation Report R09V0235
CN installed an Emergency Slope Washout and Detection System (ESWOD) near Komo, British Columbia, in the Fraser Canyon corridor after a train struck a debris slide of rock, mud and trees.
TSB Investigation Report R10T0035
Subsequent to a derailment investigation involving a failed axle that had previously been reconditioned, the AAR directed the AAR Wheels, Axles, Bearings and Lubrication (WABL) Committee to review non-destructive testing methods for inspecting axle bodies.
TSB Investigation Report R06T0022
TC reviewed the status of the removal of all suspect CNPU loose wheels from service in Canada and advised that the immediate threat to safety had been addressed by the railway industry. The majority of the suspect wheel sets have been identified and removed. TC requested from CN a semi-annual report on any residual wheel sets identified.
TSB Investigation Report R05T0030
TC developed the Pedestrian Safety at Crossing Guide to evaluate the risk to pedestrians at grade crossings. TC Rail Safety inspectors have evaluated most multi-track main-line crossings and the results are being further analyzed.
CN developed a new standard for
"Walk Light" warning lights at restricted crossings where access is controlled. TC has approved the standard (TC E-39) for the use of these lights. CN has installed these warning lights at six private crossings.
TC approved Engineering Standards for Grade Crossing Systems Used at Restricted Grade Crossings (TC E-52) where access is not controlled.
2.8 Pipeline Sector
2.8.1 Annual Statistics
Eleven pipeline accidents were reported to the TSB in 2010, down from the 2009 total of 15, but above the 2005–2009 average of 8. Estimated pipeline activity has remained constant from the previous year. The last fatal pipeline accident in the portion of the industry under federal jurisdiction occurred in 1988, and the last accident involving serious injury occurred in 2006.
In 2010, 140 pipeline incidents were reported to the TSB in accordance with the mandatory reporting requirements, up from 118 in 2009 and the five-year average of 82.4 In all, 86% of those incidents involved uncontained or uncontrolled release of small quantities of gas, oil and high-vapour-pressure products.
Figure 11: Pipeline Occurrences [D]
One indicator of pipeline transportation safety in Canada is the pipeline accident rate.5 The 2010 rate was 0.9 pipeline accidents per exajoule (according to information provided by the National Energy Board of Canada), down from 2009 (1.2) but up from the 2005–2009 average of 0.6.
Figure 12: Pipeline Accident Rates [D]
In 2010-2011, 1 pipeline investigation was started and 3 investigations were completed. The average duration of completed investigations was 431 days, up from the 2009 average of 374 days, but remaining below the average of the previous five years (538 days).
|Average Duration of Completed Investigations (Number of Days)||922||407||489||542||374||431|
|Safety Information Letters||0||1||0||1||0||0|
2.8.3 Safety Actions Taken
This section highlights pipeline safety action taken by the regulator and operators on various issues as a result of TSB investigations.
TSB Investigation Report P09H0074
Subsequent to the rupture of a TransCanada PipeLines Limited (TCPL) natural gas pipeline near Englehart, Ontario, the following safety actions were taken:
- TCPL reduced the interval for hydrostatic testing for valve sections on Line 100-2 with previous in-service or hydrostatic test failures from five years to four years.
- TCPL conducted in-line inspections for stress corrosion cracking (SCC) to verify the pipe integrity on three valve sections of Line 100-2.
- TCPL continues to enhance its stress corrosion cracking management capabilities through the development and implementation of crack-sensitive in-line inspection (ILI) tools.
TSB Investigation Report P09H0083
Subsequent to the rupture of a natural gas pipeline near Marten River, Ontario, TCPL conducted an ILI of several segments of Line 100-1 for hard spots.
TSB Investigation Report P09H0084
Subsequent to the leak of an Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (Enbridge) crude oil pipeline near Odessa, Saskatchewan, the following safety actions were taken:
- Enbridge revised the reporting criteria for ILI vendors to include dents with multiple apexes or dents in close proximity to each other, regardless of depth.
- Enbridge imposed maximum limits on drag-reducing agent injection rates to ensure that its material balance system model operates within its design range.
The National Energy Board (NEB) issued an advisory to pipeline companies to highlight the need to review and update their integrity management programs to consider the failure of shallow dents.
Appendix A – Reports Released by the TSB in 2010-2011 by Sector
|2008.01.10||Washington State, United States||Airbus A319-114||Encounter with wake turbulence||A08W0007|
|2008.02.19||Hamilton, Ont.||Boeing 727-260||Collision with trees on approach||A08O0036|
|2008.03.05||Québec International Airport/Jean Lesage, Qc||Airbus A310-308||Out-of-trim nose down condition leading to an airplane upset||A08Q0051|
|2008.04.30||Montréal, Qc, 50 nm W||Airbus A330-343||In-flight fuel feed failure resulting in engine fuel starvation||A08Q0082|
|2008.08.26||Montréal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Qc||Boeing 747-428||Runway excursion||A08Q0171|
|2008.10.22||Kuujjuaq, Qc||Boeing 737 and
de Havilland DHC-8
|Risk of collision||A08Q0209|
|2008.11.04||Natuashish, N.L.||de Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter and de Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter||Mid-air collision||A08A0147|
|2008.11.16||South Thormanby Island, B.C.||Grumman G-21A||Controlled flight into terrain (CFIT)||A08P0353|
|2008.12.14||North Bay Jack Garland Airport, Ont.||de Havilland DHC-8-100||Runway overrun||A08O0333|
|2009.01.06||Buckland, Qc||Piper PA-28-140||Controlled flight into terrain||A09Q0003|
|2009.01.16||Island Lake, Man.||Beech 100||Collision with trees on missed approach||A09C0012|
|2009.02.09||Fort McMurray, Alta.||Beech 1900D and snowplow||Runway incursion and risk of collision||A09W0026|
|2009.03.06||Whitehorse International Airport, Y.T.||Bombardier CL-600-2D15 and airport maintenance vehicles (snow sweepers)||Risk of collision||A09W0037|
|2009.03.12||St. John's, N.L., 35 nm E||Sikorsky S-92A||Main gearbox malfunction and collision with water||A09A0016|
|2009.04.24||Penticton, B.C., 20 nm SW||Canadair CL600 and Boeing 777-200LR||Loss of separation||A09P0096|
|2009.05.04||Saint-Louis, Qc||Cessna 150L||Collision with cable – sinking in water||A09Q0065|
|2009.05.13||Lac au Mirage, Qc||Aventurier (amateur-built)||In-flight breakup of the right wing||A09Q0071|
|2009.06.19||North Bay, Ont.||Boeing 767-300||Erroneous instrument indications resulting in airspeed and altitude deviations||A09O0117|
|2009.07.17||Kangiqsujuaq, Qc, 36 nm SE||Bell 206L (helicopter)||Controlled flight into terrain||A09Q0111|
|2009.07.19||Kamsack, Sask.||Piper PA-46-310P||Loss of control and collision with terrain||A09C0120|
|2009.07.22||Creston, B.C., 8.5 nm NW||Robinson R44 Astro (helicopter)||In-flight breakup||A09P0210|
|2009.08.03||Torrance, Ont.||Cessna TU206G (amphibious)||Tree strike during climb-out||A09O0159|
|2009.08.04||Nahanni Butte, N.W.T., 17 nm W||Robinson R44 Raven II (helicopter)||Loss of control and tail strike||A09W0146|
|2009.08.05||Mont-Laurier, Qc||Enstrom F-28C (helicopter)||Loss of control and collision with cables||A09Q0131|
|2009.09.21||Huttonville, Ont.||Robinson R22 Alpha (helicopter)||Collision with terrain||A09O0207|
|2009.10.10||South River, Ont., 22 sm E||Piper PA-28R-180||Controlled flight into terrain||A09O0217|
|2009.10.11||Mirabel, Qc||Piper PA-34-200T||Fuel starvation||A09Q0181|
|2009.10.20||Vancouver, B.C., 40 nm NE||de Havilland DHC-8-311||Flightdeck windshield – electrical arcing and fire||A09P0351|
|2009.10.23||Thunder Bay, Ont., 10 nm NE||Cessna 185A||Fuel starvation and forced landing||A09C0167|
|2009.11.06||Cat Lake, Ont., 8 nm SW||Cessna 310R||Controlled flight into terrain||A09C0172|
|2009.11.29||Lyall Harbour, Saturna Island, B.C.||De Havilland DHC-2-MK 1 (Beaver)||Loss of control and collision with water||A09P0397|
|2010.01.31||Varadero, Cuba||Airbus A320-232||Runway excursion||A10F0012|
|2010.03.01||Yellowknife, N.W.T.||CL600-2B19 and BAE 3112||Loss of separation||A10W0038|
|2010.03.02||Calgary International Airport, Alta.||BAE 125-800A and de Havilland DHC-8-102||Runway incursion||A10W0040|
|2010.03.23||Toronto, Ont.||Airbus A320-211||Cabin smoke and passenger evacuation||A10O0045|
|2010.05.13||Pikwitonei, Man., 3 nm E||Beech 95-55||Fuel starvation and forced landing||A10C0060|
|2010.05.25||Toronto/ Buttonville Municipal Airport, Ont.||Cirrus SR20||Power loss and collision with building||A10O0101|
|2010.07.18||Rankin Inlet, Nun.||Aero Commander 500S||Engine power loss and forced landing||A10C0123|
|2007.08.16||Entrée Island, Harrington Harbour, Qc||Nordik Express||Passenger vessel||Striking||M07L0158|
|2009.05.01||Off Sainte-Thérèse Island, Montréal, Qc||1815||Rescue boat||Capsizing||M09L0068|
|2009.05.18||Off Rivière-au-Renard, Qc||Marsouin I||Small fishing vessel||Capsizing with loss of life||M09L0074|
|2009.07.19||Entrance to Sechelt Rapids, B.C.||North Arm Venture
North Arm Express
|Tug Barge||Tug girding and capsizing||M09W0141|
|2009.07.23||Campbell Bay, Strait of Georgia, B.C.||Explorathor||Passenger vessel||Bottom contact and subsequent sinking||M09W0147|
|2009.09.12||Cape Spear, N.L., 67 nm E||Sea Gypsy Enterprises||Small fishing vessel||Taking on water and sinking||M09N0031|
|2009.10.05||Lac Saint-Louis, Qc||Federal Agno||Bulk carrier||Grounding||M09C0051|
|2009.12.16||Cape St. Mary's, N.S., 11 nm SW||Pubnico Explorer||Small fishing vessel||Taking on water and sinking||M09M0073|
|2008.12.18||Peers, Alta.||Canadian National||Main-track derailment||R08E0150|
|2008.12.29||Waneta, B.C.||Kettle Falls International Railway||Non-main-track train runaway and collision||R08V0270|
|2009.01.14||Dugald, Man.||Canadian National||Rolling stock damage without derailment or collision||R09W0016|
|2009.02.11||Nanticoke, Ont.||Southern Ontario Railway||Runaway and non-main-track train derailment||R09T0057|
|2009.02.13||Robinson, Ont.||Canadian National||Main-track train derailment||R09W0033|
|2009.03.21||Brighton, Ont.||Canadian National||Main-track train derailment||R09T0092|
|2009.06.03||Hodgson, Ont.||Ottawa Valley Railway||Main-track derailment||R09H0006|
|2009.06.28||Jones, Ont.||Canadian National||Main-track train collision||R09W0118|
|2009.08.16||Richmond, Ont.||VIA Rail Canada Inc.||Locomotive engine fire||R09H0010|
|2009.09.09||Montréal, Qc||VIA Rail Canada Inc.||Non-main-track collision||R09D0053|
|2009.10.14||Nanaimo, B.C.||VIA Rail Canada Inc.||Crossing collision||R09V0219|
|2009.10.30||Redgrave, B.C.||Canadian Pacific Railway||Main-track train collision||R09V0230|
|2009.11.17||Komo, B.C.||Canadian National||Main-track derailment||R09V0235|
|2009.11.21||Saint-Tite, Qc||Canadian National||Main-track derailment||R09Q0047|
|2009.12.05||Spy Hill, Sask.||Canadian National||Main-track train derailment||R09W0252|
|2010.03.02||Morrisburg, Ont.||Canadian National||Main-track train derailment||R10T0035|
|2009.09.12||Near Englehart, Ont.||TransCanada PipeLines Limited||Natural gas pipeline rupture||P09H0074|
|2009.09.26||Near Marten River, Ont.||TransCanada PipeLines Limited||Natural gas pipeline rupture||P09H0083|
|2009.09.29||Odessa, Sask.||Enbridge Pipelines Inc.||Crude oil pipeline leak||P09H0084|
Appendix B – Glossary
Appendix C – Assessment Categories and Ratings for Responses to Board Recommendations
Responses to recommendations are assessed based on the extent to which the underlying safety deficiency has been or is being addressed. The acceptance or understanding of a deficiency is not a criterion for the assessment rating. The assessment criterion is the potential or actual effectiveness of action planned or taken to reduce or eliminate the deficiency.
Four categories are used to assess responses: fully satisfactory, satisfactory intent, satisfactory in part and unsatisfactory.
- While the Board's operations are for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, occurrence statistics are for the 2010 calendar year unless otherwise indicated. Please note that, in a live database, the occurrence data are constantly being updated. Consequently, the statistics can change slightly over time. Comparisons are generally to the last 5 or 10 years. For definitions of terms such as accident, incident and occurrence, see Appendix B. ↑
- Investigations are considered complete after the final report has been issued. See Appendix A for a list of reports released by the TSB in 2010-2011 by sector.↑
- For definitions of terms such as recommendation, safety concern, safety advisory and safety information letter, see Appendix B. ↑
- In 2009, there was a 38% increase in federally regulated pipeline and associated facilities due to an additional 23 705 kilometres of pipeline transferred from provincial jurisdiction. ↑
- Pipeline accident rates after 2003 reflect the impact of clarifications to the pipeline industry of the TSB's accident and incident reporting requirements, and of internal adjustments to the data in TSB's Pipeline Occurrence Database. ↑
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