SPECIAL STUDY--RAILROAD EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
The Safety Board has investigated at least 10 accidents during the past 10 years in which serious shortcomings were noted in the procedures used by railroad operating personnel during the emergency. In view of an increasing number of train accidents, the Safety Board undertook this special study to document the reasons for these procedural shortcomings. The study examines accident experience and the rules and procedures which the railroads use for guidance of their train crewmembers, and evaluates the effectiveness of existing procedures. A major conclusion of the study was that the rules which almost all railroads use for guidance of their train crewmembers during emergencies do not establish lines of authority, task identification, task scheduling or task assignment. Two recommendations were made to the FRA for corrective action and one previously made recommendation was reiterated.
National Transportation Safety BoardBureau of Technology, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC United States 20594
- Publication Date: 1980-1-18
- Pagination: 19 p.
- TRT Terms: Crash investigation; Disasters and emergency operations; Evaluation; Job analysis; Locomotive engineers; Locomotive operation; Measures of effectiveness; Operating rules; Railroad transportation; Railroads; Regulations; Safety; Safety engineering; Specialized training; Specifications; Training; Trainmen; Workload
- Uncontrolled Terms: Effectiveness; Emergency procedures; Requirement
- Old TRIS Terms: Locomotive engineer's tasks; Trainman's tasks
- Subject Areas: Education and Training; Law; Railroads; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00317967
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-RSS-80-1
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jul 22 1980 12:00AM