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NTSB Safety Recommendations R-12-3 and -4





National Transportation Safety Board

Washington, DC 20594


March 2, 2012




NTSB Safety Recommendations R-12-3 and -4




The National Transportation Safety Board makes the following

safety recommendations to the Federal Railroad



Require that safety management systems and the associated

key principles (including top-down ownership and policies,

analysis of operational incidents and accidents, hazard

identification and risk management, prevention and

mitigation programs, and continuous evaluation and

improvement programs) be incorporated into railroads' risk

reduction programs required by Public Law 110-432, Rail

Safety Improvement Act of 2008, enacted October 16, 2008.



Inform railroads about the circumstances of the accident and

advise them of the need to immediately notify pipeline

operators of accidents occurring in railroad rights-of-way

and ensure that pipeline inspections are accomplished prior

to resumption of service. (R-12-4)


The National Transportation Safety Board reiterates the

following previously issued safety recommendation to the

Federal Railroad Administration:


Assist the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety

Administration in developing regulations to require that

railroads immediately provide to emergency responders

accurate, real-time information regarding the identity and

location of all hazardous materials on a train. (R-07-2)








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