NTSB Releases Annual Report

WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board released its annual report to Congress, providing a summary of accident investigations and safety recommendations in the past calendar year.

2008 highlights include:

— 19 major accident investigations, including four rail, and 2 pipeline

— 129 safety recommendations issued

— 67 safety recommendations closed

“The calendar year 2008 was an extremely active one as Board staff traveled to accident sites all over the U.S. involving every mode of transportation, lending their expertise and investigative skills,” Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker said. “We also completed a number of significant accident investigations, including the August 2007 collapse of the Minneapolis I-35W bridge, and issued numerous safety recommendations in our continued quest to facilitate improvements in transportation safety throughout the entire nation.

“I am especially pleased that the Partnership for Public Service rated the NTSB as one of the top ten federal government workplaces in its 2009 rankings, as a clear indication of the satisfaction all of us here at the Board receive from the important work we do here every day,” Rosenker added.