June 12, 2007

FAA on Prescriptive Regulation

In testimony on 6 June 2007, before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation, FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Peggy Gilligan responded to concerns voiced the day before by Mark Rosenker, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, about the FAA’s response to the Board’s urgent safety recommendations. Her excellent comments […]

April 17, 2007

Air traffic

I am going to Washington DC next week to speak to FAA officials and to NTSB officials. This article will be part of my package. WASHINGTON (CNN) — Fatigued air traffic controllers contributed to four aviation mishaps in recent years, and may have been a factor in last year’s Comair crash that killed 49 people, […]

March 19, 2007

Change the Rules

Quoted from the Columbian, Clark County, Washington: Columbian editorial staff Money can compete with safety when it comes to railroads, which is why it is encouraging that the government’s top railroad official is lobbying to change rules concerning workers’ schedules. The change could lead to reduction in the number of train accidents caused by crew […]

February 19, 2007

Pointing Fingers at Fatigue

The tragic finger pointing going on here cannot obscure the fact that fatigue more than any other factor caused this accident. Management has an obligation to speak up when crew error is involved and unions need to take responsibility for the action and mistakes of their members. At the same time, the unions are correct […]

January 29, 2007

The Drive Home (2)

The drive home is often the most dangerous part of work. This article reminds us of how serious this problam is: A Dakota County grand jury returned an indictment charging a Farmington woman with misdemeanor careless driving that resulted in the death of teenager Jacquelynn Devney on July 27, 2006. The jury heard the case […]

January 22, 2007

Skipper is Asleep

A fishing boat grounded on a beach in Tory Channel last April because the skipper fell asleep, an investigation has found. The Venture, a 13m Nelson-based fishing vessel, grounded at the base of a cliff just north of Tipi Bay in the Marlborough Sounds while on the way from Picton to Oamaru on April 19. […]

October 18, 2006

Killer Trucks

Here is an article by V. Srinivas Ram in the Times of India, 10.18.06 as a reminder that it’s not just a problem in the US. HYDERABAD: Killer trucks are on the loose in the city. There have already been 34 deaths due to trucks in the first five months this year. The accident on […]

October 13, 2006

Individual Awareness

This article from Newswire is an excellent reminder. *** Accident Prevention Begins With Individual Awareness The safe operation of any vehicle is determined by the attentiveness, alertness and ability of an individual to focus on the task at hand. Increasing your own driver awareness can go a long way to help prevent costly accidents Whether […]

October 10, 2006

Extending Success

We just got an amazing email from the NIH. Our research plan for 2007-8 has been approved. We can now make a good test a great test and we will be able to prove it. Thank you NIH. We like to think this funding has come to us because of our continued success in the […]

July 13, 2006

Lack of Sleep Causes Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has just released its findings on an accident that occurred 3 years ago near San Antonio, Texas. It is rare for the NTSB to list fatigue as the primary cause of an accident. Usually something like equipment failure or operator error is indicated as the primary cause with fatigue […]