The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has published an updated list of the safety recommendations associated with the agency’s 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements.
The NTSB announced the 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List in February, detailing 267 open safety recommendations that if implemented, could help prevent incidents, and the injuries and fatalities caused by those incidents.
Recently, eight of the “Most Wanted” safety recommendations were closed; four with acceptable action taken, one with acceptable alternate action taken, one with a status of exceeds recommended action, and one with unacceptable action taken. A final recommendation was closed because it was superseded by a subsequently issued safety recommendation which remains open.
“Closing safety recommendations with acceptable action taken, resulting in improved transportation safety, is the goal of issuing and advocating for a safety recommendation,” said Robert Sumwalt, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. “Our safety recommendations are founded in the science of our accident investigations and are designed to prevent similar future accidents. Transportation safety is improved when recipients of our safety recommendations take acceptable action. While I’m pleased to highlight this success, I also have to highlight how much more work remains to be done, and, the lost opportunity to improve transportation safety with the unacceptable action taken on safety recommendation H-12-029.”
Safety recommendation H-12-029, issued to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, sought the establishment of an ongoing program to monitor, evaluate, report on and continuously improve fatigue management programs implemented by motor carriers to identify, mitigate and continuously reduce fatigue-related risks for drivers.