In 2014–2015, four marine-related reports were received through the SECURITAS program. Two
of the reports dealt with regulatory matters, one was related to the failure of equipment, and the
other was related to a possible grounding. Below is an example of actions taken.
Possible vessel grounding
A reporter suspected that a passenger vessel had grounded. A TSB Trusted Agent contacted the
reporter for more details and investigated further. This included contacting the vessel. The review
determined that the vessel had not grounded.
There were no pipeline issues raised through the SECURITAS program.
In 2014-15, 105 rail-related reports were received through the SECURITAS program. Some of the
common issues included safety at railway crossings, yards, tracks and passenger facilities. Below
are examples of actions taken.
SECURITAS received a report that railway crossing signals located adjacent to a street intersection
and integrated with the operation of the roadway signals did not provide adequate signal warning.
After clarifying the issue with the reporter and referring to technical documentation, the TSB
issued a rail safety information letter to TC. The TSB was informed that the railway and road
authority have scheduled this intersection for reconstruction, and will take measures at that time
to ensure motor vehicles do not stop on the railway crossing surface.
Access to passenger cars
A reporter was concerned that potential users were not trained to use passenger car wheelchair
lifts that had undergone some changes. After confirmation from the reporter about the situation,
the TSB issued a rail safety information letter to TC. The regulator confirmed that when
modifications are completed, all on-board train and station staff would be trained on how to use
the updated lifts.
Condition of brakes
SECURITAS received a report questioning the safe condition of brakes on switcher locomotives.
Once it received clarification from the reporter, the TSB issued a rail safety information letter to
TC. The regulator followed up to ensure that proper inspection and maintenance procedures were
In 2014–2015, 88 aviation-related reports were received through the SECURITAS program. The
reports covered a wide range of safety issues including cabin safety; potential hazard/mechanical
issues; airworthiness; incident reporting; unsafe pilot/operator; air traffic control–related issues;
low flying aircraft; worrisome landing; a near miss; and fatigue/unfit crew. Below are examples of
Standard operating procedures
A reporter conveyed numerous irregularities regarding a company’s maintenance actions and
standard operating procedures. The TSB Trusted Agent relayed the information to TC for
appropriate action while protecting the identity of the reporter.
Power lines in the dark
A reporter called to advise that all lights were out on power lines that cross a river, concerned for
the safety of small aircraft flying low over the river. TC was notified by the TSB because it regulates
wire identification. The regulator responded that a NOTAM had been issued.
Obstacle near runway
A reporter informed SECURITAS that while landing at a small airport, they noticed a metal pole
located very close to the threshold of a runway, and identified it as a risk to aviation. The TSB
Trusted Agent contacted the airport authority who then promptly removed the hazard.