Oct. 29: Transport Canada Responds to TSB Recommendations after Lac-Mégantic

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The Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s final report on the Lac-Mégantic train derailment contained two recommendations and two safety advisories. In response, Transport Canada is:

  • Requiring railway companies to meet standardized requirements for hand brake application and put into effect additional physical defences to secure trains
  • Recruiting additional staff to carry out more frequent audits and creating processes for increased information sharing with municipalities
  • Conducting further research on crude oil properties, behaviour and hazards
  • Launching a targeted inspection campaign to verify the classification of rail shipments
  • Requiring certain railways to submit training plans for review and conducting an audit blitz of short lines to determine specific training gaps.