TABLE 1-1-6 - Hazardous Materials Transportation Incidents: 1998-2009

TABLE 1-1-6 - Hazardous Materials Transportation Incidents: 1998-2009

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  1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Highway 13,108 14,953 15,063 15,804 13,502 13,594 13,071 13,460 17,153 16,905 14,780 12,680
Accident related 277 331 329 357 319 300 283 321 302 306 286 222
Injuries 151 218 164 109 118 105 155 179 192 161 149 144
Fatalities 13 9 16 9 9 15 13 24 6 10 8 4
Rail 989 1073 1058 899 870 802 765 745 702 750 749 640
Accident related 52 65 62 54 41 42 46 51 44 52 26 37
Injuries 22 35 82 46 14 13 122 693 24 56 63 38
Fatalities 0 0 0 3 1 0 3 10 0 0 1 1
Air 1,387 1,582 1,419 1,083 732 750 993 1,655 2,408 1,554 1,278 1,357
Accident related 3 2 3 2 2 0 0 9 7 7 8 2
Injuries 20 12 5 13 4 1 11 78 2 8 7 10
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Water 11 8 17 6 10 10 17 69 68 61 98 88
Accident related 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Injuries 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 3 0 0
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pipeline                        
Liquid 140 147 135 108 133 123 134 129 106 107 115 100
Injuries 6 20 4 10 0 5 16 2 2 10 2 4
Fatalities 2 4 1 0 1 0 5 2 0 4 2 4
Natural gas transmission 51 38 54 50 56 70 62 111 78 75 67 60
Injuries 11 8 16 5 4 8 2 5 3 7 5 11
Fatalities 1 2 15 2 1 1 0 0 3 2 0 0
Gas Gathering 7 2 3 6 4 3 12 18 12 10 15 10
Injuries 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gas Transmission and Gathering 58 40 57 56 60 73 74 129 90 85 82 70
Injuries 11 8 18 5 5 8 3 7 4 7 5 11
Fatalities 1 2 15 2 1 1 0 0 3 2 0 0
Natural gas distribution 97 88 98 69 65 103 103 80 60 76 72 77
Injuries 64 80 59 46 44 58 37 38 28 33 56 49
Fatalities 18 16 22 5 10 11 18 11 16 9 6 10

NOTES: Accident related excludes human errors, package failures, and unreported cases. Water data are for incidents involving packaged materials only and do not include incidents where the vessel is the container (e.g., a barge or oil tanker). Nonpipeline reporting requirements changed in 2002.

In previous years, carriers were exclusively responsible for reporting hazardous materials release incidents. In 2005, PHMSA expanded the reporting requirements to include: reports by person(s) in physical possession of a hazardous material at the time an incident occurs during transport; reports on nonrelease incidents such as structural damage to cargo tanks specified for 1,000 gallons or more and undeclared shipments of hazardous materials.

Pipeline data are derived from three unique data sets, and a comprehensive total for pipeline incidents is not applicable. As of March 2010, the secondary cause designations of incidents in these reports have been updated and improved. Please note that secondary cause category counts and distributions have changed as a result of these improvements and also as a result of preparations for new accident/incident reporting forms which became effective January 1, 2010.

SOURCES: Highway, Rail, Air, and Water: U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Incident Statistics, available at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/library/data-stats/incidents as of July 2010; Pipeline: USDOT, PHMSA, Office of Pipeline Safety, Pipeline Statistics, available at http://ops.dot.gov/stats/stats.htm as of July 2010.