The TSB Recorder

Reconstructing the world in 3-dimension
Reconstructing the world in 3-dimension

April 27th, 2015

Posted by: Ted Parisee

More and more often, 3D visualizations are used to help describe the events that transpire in occurrences investigated by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). Drawings and images are a useful tool for describing the dynamics of an occurrence. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a 3D animation can be just […]

TSB@25: Contributing to safer air transportation—31 years of challenges and personal satisfaction
TSB@25: Contributing to safer air transportation—31 years of challenges and personal satisfaction

March 27th, 2015

Posted by: Don Enns

It was 1982 when I first heard about accident investigation. I had just started a new job twisting wrenches on Transport Canada (TC) airplanes, and when I showed up to Hanger 7 at the Edmonton Municipal Airport with my tool box in hand, one of the older aircraft maintenance engineers met me at the door. […]

Effects of fatigue on human performance – Why the TSB investigates for fatigue in every occurrence
Effects of fatigue on human performance – Why the TSB investigates for fatigue in every occurrence

March 12th, 2015

Posted by: Missy Rudin-Brown

Despite the fact that most people need around 8 hours of sleep every night to feel well-rested, 30% of Canadians report getting fewer than 6 hours of sleep per night, and 60% report feeling tired “most of the time”. [1] Historically, getting by on as little sleep as possible – especially in some industries such […]

Timeliness: the key to managing social media in a context of safety emergencies
Timeliness: the key to managing social media in a context of safety emergencies

February 18th, 2015

Posted by: Geneviève Corbin

When people think about social media, information sharing is often the first thing that comes to mind. Of course, social media platforms are used to share information, but isn’t it also the main purpose of multiple communications tools like news websites, email, telephone, or fax? So why does the TSB use social media? Well, social […]

Safety Issues Investigations: identifying the underlying problems
Safety Issues Investigations: identifying the underlying problems

January 29th, 2015

Posted by: Peter Hildebrand

There is an old saying that “every accident is different.” Because it is true that no two accidents are alike, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)’s methodology emphasizes that investigators keep an open mind throughout each investigation. They do so by first gathering all relevant information and then analyzing it to understand what it […]

TSB Independence is critical for our work
TSB Independence is critical for our work

January 8th, 2015

Posted by: Jean L. Laporte

For some people, there is a misconception that the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) reports to the Minister of Transport. Not only is this incorrect, it would essentially represent a direct conflict of interest since this would involve reporting to a Minister to whom we issue safety recommendations. Under the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation […]

The TSB Watchlist: A “blueprint for change” to improve Canada’s transportation system
The TSB Watchlist: A “blueprint for change” to improve Canada’s transportation system

December 4th, 2014

Posted by: Kathy Fox

Canada has one of the safest transportation systems in the world. It’s a point of pride. Our vast network of waterways, pipelines, railways and airports help move people and goods from coast to coast to coast – every single day. At the TSB, our job is to investigate accidents to identify and communicate safety deficiencies […]

SECURITAS
SECURITAS

November 14th, 2014

Posted by: Marc-Andre Poisson

You are on vacation with your family and decide to board a ferry to get to a Canadian resort destination. Once the crossing is under way, you begin to wonder if the vessel has adequate emergency equipment in place and if crew members would be able to take care of you should the ferry sustain […]

In the Heart of a Tragedy: A Day in the Life of the Lac-Mégantic Investigator-in-Charge
In the Heart of a Tragedy: A Day in the Life of the Lac-Mégantic Investigator-in-Charge

October 27th, 2014

Posted by: Don Ross

On July 6, 2013, I was sleeping when the phone rang in the early hours of the morning. Having been involved in the transportation safety industry for almost 40 years, I was used to being woken up by a ringtone. But when I picked up the phone that night, I could not have guessed how […]

Getting to know the new TSB Chair in 12 questions
Getting to know the new TSB Chair in 12 questions

September 25th, 2014

Posted by: Geneviève Corbin

As of 21 August 2014, the TSB has a new Chair: Ms. Kathy Fox. Her biography is rather impressive. Before joining the TSB in 2007, Ms. Fox explored many facets of the air transportation industry, from working as an air traffic controller, to being appointed NAV CANADA’s Vice-President of Operations, all while being a licensed […]