In this episode of Behind-the-Scene @NTSB, Highway Crash Investigators, Ensar Becic and Mike Fox, talk about the 2018 collision between a vehicle controlled by a developmental automated driving system and a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. We explore the findings and safety recommendations that came out of the investigation, as well as the strengths and limitations of automated vehicles and how it impacts highway safety and the importance of safety management systems.
This week is National School Bus Safety Week. The theme this year is “My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation.” School Bus Safety Week is a public education program hosted by the National Association of Pupil Transportation, National School Transportation Association and the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, designed to promote school bus safety and to engage with parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties – to address the importance of school bus safety.
In this episode of Behind-the-Scene @NTSB, we talk with Kris Poland, PhD, Deputy Director, and Sheryl Harley, Highway Investigator, both in the Office of Highway Safety, about recent NTSB crash investigations involving school buses, new safety recommendations related to fire suppression systems and seat belts and why school buses are the safest form of transportation for students to travel to and from school and school-related activities.
This week is Rail Safety Week. The theme this year, “Stop Track Tragedies,” provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the need for rail safety education and calls attention to ways to stay safe near highway-rail grade crossings and railroad rights-of-way.
In this episode of Behind-the-Scene @NTSB, we talk with Member Jennifer Homendy and Ruben Payan, Railroad Accident Investigator, Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations, about NTSB investigations and recommendations for staying safe near the tracks, and other rail safety issues.
In this episode of Behind-the-Scene @NTSB, we talk with Rachel Gunaratnam, a Hazardous Materials Accident Investigator in the NTSB Office or Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations and Frank Zakar, a Senior Metallurgist in the NTSB Office of Research and Engineering, about the natural gas-fueled explosion, on August 10, 2016, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Rachel and Frank talk about the circumstances of the explosion and fire, the probable cause, and the safety recommendations issued to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.
In this episode of Behind-the-Scene @ NTSB, we have a conversation with Adam Gerhardt, an Air Safety Investigator in the NTSB Office of Aviation Safety. Adam shares with us how he got interested in aviation and the journey he took to get to the NTSB.
This week is Sleep Awareness Week. The theme this year, “Begin with Sleep,” highlights the importance of good sleep health for individuals to best achieve their personal, family, and professional goals.
In this episode of Behind-the-Scene @NTSB, we talk with Mary Pat McKay, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer; Jana Price, PhD, Senior Human Performance Investigator, Office of Research and Engineering; and Jeff Marcus, Acting Chief, Safety Recommendations Division, about our biological need for sleep, the importance of screening for and treating sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, NTSB fatigue-related accident and crash investigations, and ways to address and mitigate fatigue risk across transportation modes.
The NTSB has been long concerned with the issue of fatigue in transportation. We’ve issued more than 200 safety recommendations across the transportation modes directly related to fatigue. Several recommendations specifically address obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.
Reduce Fatigue-Related Accidents and Require Medical Fitness – Screen for and Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea are issues on the 2019-2020 NTSB Most Wanted List. To learn more about the Most Wanted List and related safety recommendations, visit https://ntsb.gov/safety/mwl/Pages/default.aspx.
In this episode of Behind-the-Scene @ NTSB, we have a conversation with Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg. Vice Chairman Landsberg shares with us his passion for safety education and training, his past work to improve aviation safety and the path he has taken to become an NTSB Board Member.