HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: CAN THEY BE TRANSPORTED SAFELY AND PROFITABLY

A recent series of incidents has caused concern that the enviable safety record of the rail industry in transporting hazardous materials may be changing. Therefore the AAR has created a committee to study the problem of transporting hazardous materials both safely and profitably. The committee found that there are many forces of an economic nature from outside the rail industry working against the safe movement of these commodities. These include competitive factors associated with product manufacturing and distribution, larger-volume and lower-unit-cost concepts, service requirements and investments in jumbo equipment. The committee does not believe that hazardous materials can be transported safely and profitably under present circumstances. It cannot condone the sacrifice of safety responsibilities to serve a short term economic gain at the expense of potential consequences which at the very least can wipe out any economic gain for the future. The committee therefore recommends: greater efforts to minimize train accidents, better coordination as an industry by means of a specialized technical organization with authority such as the Bureau of Explosives, stronger control of the practice of issuance of special permits for movements which have not been thoroughly evaluated as to potential hazards.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the Seventy-Sixth Annual Meeting, American Association of Raildroad Superintendents, Chicago, Illinois, 13-15 June 1972.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association of Railroad Superintendents

    18154 Harwood Avenue
    Homewood, IL  USA  60403
  • Publication Date: 1973

Media Info

  • Pagination: 246 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00047827
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 4 1976 12:00AM