TABLE 1-5 - Hazardous Materials Transportation Incidents: 2004-2009

TABLE 1-5 - Hazardous Materials Transportation Incidents: 2004-2009

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  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Highway 13,069 13,460 17,160 16,933 14,808 12,728
Accident related 281 323 308 324 305 253
Injuries 155 178 192 161 153 153
Fatalities 11 24 6 9 6 12
Rail 765 745 703 752 750 643
Accident related 47 51 44 54 28 37
Injuries 122 693 25 56 63 38
Fatalities 3 10 0 0 1 1
Air 993 1,655 2,408 1,556 1,278 1,358
Accident related 0 9 7 7 8 2
Injuries 11 78 2 8 7 10
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0 0
Water 17 69 68 61 98 90
Accident related 0 0 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 15 3 0 0
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pipeline            
Liquid 146 143 120 120 145 117
Injuries 16 2 2 10 2 4
Fatalities 5 2 0 4 2 4
Gas transmission and gathering 123 182 145 132 141 129
Injuries 3 7 4 7 5 11
Fatalities 0 0 3 2 0 0
Gas distribution 173 170 142 153 149 158
Injuries 41 39 30 36 56 52
Fatalities 18 12 18 9 7 9

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).

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 December 2010; Pipeline: USDOT, PHMSA, Office of Pipeline Safety, Accident/Incident and Mileage Summary Stats, available at http://phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline/library/data-stats as of December 2010.