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Watchlist 2010

The Watchlist is a list of safety issues investigated by the TSB that pose the greatest risk to Canadians.

In each case, actions taken to date have been inadequate and concrete steps must be taken on the part of industry and the regulator to eliminate these risks.

Multi-modal issues

Implemented properly, safety management systems (SMS) allow transportation companies to identify hazards, manage risks, and develop and follow effective safety processes. However, TC does not always provide effective oversight of transportation companies transitioning to SMS, while some companies are not even required to have one.

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Data critical to understanding how and why transportation accidents happen are frequently lost, damaged or not required to be collected.

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Aviation issues

There is ongoing risk that aircraft may collide with vehicles or other aircraft on the ground at Canadian airports.

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Fatalities continue to occur when planes collide with land and water while under crew control.

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Landing accidents and runway overruns continue to occur at Canadian airports.

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Marine issues

The number of accidents involving loss of life on fishing vessels remains too high.

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Emergency preparedness on large passenger ferries operating in Canada needs improvement.

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Rail issues

The risk of passenger trains colliding with vehicles remains too high in busy rail corridors.

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Inappropriate handling and marshalling can compromise the safe operation of longer, heavier trains.

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Watchlist brochure

A brochure that summarizes Watchlist safety issues is also available:

Previous Watchlists