News release

Data review identifies discrepancies: TSB reminds railways to be more diligent in reporting occurrences

Gatineau, Quebec, 27 October 2014 - A review of reportable rail occurrences conducted by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada has identified late and missing accident information from the three railway companies it examined. The TSB is calling on all railway companies to meet their obligation to report occurrences outlined in the TSB Regulations. Reporting this information is mandatory and the TSB will consider enforcement action, if required to address non-compliance.

The TSB regularly reviews its railway occurrence database to ensure data integrity, and to identify any potential safety issues. Railway-specific data reviews were recently completed for Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, and Montreal, Maine & Atlantic railway companies. The examination determined that a total of 254 occurrences involving these railways had been unreported or reported late to the TSB over a 7-year period. The TSB has communicated these results to the railway companies and has stressed their reporting obligations.

The majority of these occurrences were minor, and many involved rail yard operations, where there was limited damage, and no injuries reported. These occurrences have now been entered into the TSB railway occurrence database.

The updated TSB Regulations which came into effect earlier this year clearly outline occurrence reporting requirements. The TSB will continue to monitor railway occurrence data and fully expects that the industry will report occurrences in a timely manner and in full compliance with the TSB Regulations.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053