The TSB Recorder

Confessions of a Senior Air Accident Investigator
Confessions of a Senior Air Accident Investigator

July 22nd, 2015

Posted by: Mike Cunningham

There is an old Scottish proverb, “Confession is good for the soul.” I’m very proud of my Scottish ancestry and I’m a passionate aviation safety advocate. Therefore it is my duty to confess a few lost opportunities to advance aviation safety I experienced early in my career. But you will have to read to the […]

At the TSB from the beginning: Interview with Ginette Lavigne
At the TSB from the beginning: Interview with Ginette Lavigne

July 3rd, 2015

Posted by: Ginette Lavigne

When did you start your career at the TSB? I began my career at the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) in March 1988, and my group was subsequently transferred to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), twenty-five years ago.   What brought you to work at the TSB? When I applied to work for the public […]

Time to change marine safety behaviour
Time to change marine safety behaviour

June 15th, 2015

Posted by: Glenn Budden

On June 12, 2014, the newest and least experienced crew member on the fishing vessel Diane Louise went overboard while setting prawn gear near Calvert Island, British Columbia. The crew member was not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) nor were there any onboard. Nobody saw him go overboard. He managed to stay afloat long […]

TSB@25: First impressions from a new employee
TSB@25: First impressions from a new employee

May 27th, 2015

Posted by: Clinton Rebeiro

While the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has been around for 25 years, some of us are new to the organization. In fact, I am one of the newest recruits! The TSB hired me on January 2, 2015, as a Senior Marine Investigator in the Pacific Region. Having worked in the marine field for […]

Being prepared for a marine emergency
Being prepared for a marine emergency

May 7th, 2015

Posted by: Glenn Budden

On June 12, 2014, the small fishing vessel Five Star was returning from a 3-day crabbing trip to Kelsey Bay, British Columbia. The trip had been good, and with the largest catch of the year loaded on deck, the Five Star left the sheltered waters of the mainland inlets and entered Johnstone Strait. However, the […]

Reconstructing the world in 3-dimensions
Reconstructing the world in 3-dimensions

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 […]