Safety Advisory 2010-01, 29385-29386 [2010-12556]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 100 / Tuesday, May 25, 2010 / Notices Avenue, SE., Room WI2–140, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Issued on: May 19, 2010. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development. [FR Doc. 2010–12616 Filed 5–24–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration Safety Advisory 2010–01 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of Safety Advisory; Safety Appliance Securement, Potential Failure of Welded and/or Notched Vertical Hand Brake Supports on FTTX Flatcars. SUMMARY: FRA is issuing Safety Advisory 2010–01 in order to provide guidance to interested parties concerning the inspection and repair of FTTX series flatcars that have welded vertical hand brake supports that have been modified to accommodate a 10inch wide hand brake step. FRA’s Office of Railroad Safety Motive Power and Equipment (MP&E) Division has been notified that approximately 1,851 FTTX series flatcars that are owned by TTX Company (TTX) may have a notch cut into the vertical hand brake supports, which compromises the safety of the hand brake support angles. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Blankenship, Mechanical Engineer, MP&E Division (RRS–14); FRA Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, telephone: (202) 493–6446. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 29, 2008, at approximately 10:17 a.m. (CST), a railroad employee was riding a cut of four cars while attempting to set the hand brake on Flatcar GVSR 209000. During this task, the hand brake support angles, which had been previously welded, suddenly broke; this may have contributed to the employee falling under the rolling equipment, resulting in a fatality. Preliminary details of this incident indicate that the welded vertical hand brake support angles had an ‘‘old break’’ condition that allowed the remaining weld to fail when force was applied to the hand brake. Field investigation of the failed vertical hand brake support indicated that the hand brake and/or brackets were improperly applied or not mechanically fastened to VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:11 May 24, 2010 Jkt 220001 the car. See Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Sections 231.1(a)(4)(iii) and 231.27(a)(4)(iii), and Safety Appliance Defect Code 231.110.B3, requiring hand brake housing to be securely fastened to a car. As a result of this fatality, FRA issued Safety Advisory 2008–02 stating that additional flatcars may have vertical hand brake supports that could be subject to a similar type of failure. Recognizing the need to ensure safety, FRA recommended that railroads and car owners operating flatcars that have a vertical hand brake support that is welded to the carbody carefully inspect the cars to determine the adequacy of any welded securement. Further, any car found with a defective condition should be immediately handled for repair in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 20303, and repaired in accordance with accepted industry practice or by using approved fasteners as outlined in 49 CFR 231.1(a)(4)(iii). Welding, where present, must be done in accordance with industry practice, as specified in American Welding Society (AWS) Standards D1 and D15. Regional FRA inspectors have recently observed flatcars in TTX ownership with FTTX reporting marks, which may also pose a significant safety risk on account of notched vertical handbrake supports. The vertical handbrake supports appear to have been ‘‘notched’’ in order to apply a nonstandard 10-inch brake step in place of the 8-inch brake step that was originally designed for the cars. Cars tentatively identified that may have the nonstandard 10-inch brake step include, but are not limited to, the following car series: Possible series involved Known cars FTTX 961917 ............................ FTTX 971554 ............................ FTTX 972703, 972762, 972235 FTTX 940540 ............................ FTTX 963325 ............................ 961370– 961917 971049– 971613 972047– 972946 940182– 940872 963325 FRA has contacted the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the car owner, TTX, to alert AAR and its member railroads of the potential safety risk these cars may pose in service. TTX and AAR have issued an Early Warning (EW–5240) in accordance with AAR Rule 125, which includes inspection instructions, temporary repair of affected cars, and the recommended disposition of subject cars. PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29385 Recommended Action: Due to the application of nonstandard 10-inch wide brake steps, the strength of the vertical hand brake stanchions may have been compromised on the abovenoted FTTX flatcars. As with the GVSR flatcar, there is a potential for cracked vertical stanchions. FRA recommends and has requested that TTX furnish FRA with the following information for the FTTX cars involved: 1. The number of cars in TTX ownership (to include the reporting marks with number series) that may have a welded vertical handbrake support; 2. The location of each car that is in service or storage; 3. Each car that has been designated for scrapping, identified by car number and storage location; 4. A full description, calculations, and drawings/sketches for the proposed ‘‘temporary fix’’; 5. Any cars that have a ‘‘notched stanchion,’’ and any cars with improperly applied hand brakes, must be handled in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 20303. Repairs to subject cars must be performed in accordance with accepted industry practice or by using approved fasteners, as outlined in 49 CFR 231.27(a)(4)(iii). Welding, where present, must be performed to an acceptable manufacturing welding industry standard (AWS) within a certified weld facility that typically makes weld repairs to freight cars; and 6. A concise ‘‘action plan’’ that includes the following: a. Schedule of car inspections covering those TTX cars potentially at risk; b. Description of car disposition (scrap, temporary repair, or permanent repair); c. Schedule of when all cars will have permanent repairs completed. Schedule to include number of cars that will be repaired on a monthly basis, and projected versus actual cars repaired; d. List of all cars that have or will have a welded repair. The list should include the name of the AWS-qualified shop that will make the repair for each car; and e. A final proposed permanent repair with attached drawings and procedures. At this time, FRA further recommends that AAR and TTX continue to inspect and repair all of the above-noted series flatcars, and immediately handle for repair those cars found with defective fastening conditions in accordance with EW–5240 via the following steps: 1. Empty Cars. Conduct a visual inspection of the vertical hand brake supports for cracks or evidence of a E:\FR\FM\25MYN1.SGM 25MYN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 29386 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 100 / Tuesday, May 25, 2010 / Notices stanchion that had previously been cracked and then weld repaired. a. Any stanchion found with a crack in vertical stanchion, or cracked and then weld repaired stanchion, should be handled in accordance with the following: withhold car from loading; repair car per TTX Company Drawing No. 17057 (Rev. E), Handbrake Temporary Stanchion Repair; alert car owner; and request disposition of car. Report car as MW (Activity Code)—Car moving on AAR approved owners instructions–also includes move to scrap. b. If no defects are found, the car may remain in service. Report car as MR (Activity Code)—Car inspected; returned to service. 2. Loaded Cars. Conduct a visual inspection of the vertical hand brake supports for cracks or evidence of a stanchion that had previously been cracked and then weld repaired. a. Any stanchion found with a crack in vertical stanchion, or cracked and then weld repaired stanchion should be handled in accordance with the following: repair car per TTX Company Drawing No. 17057 (Rev. E), Handbrake Temporary Stanchion Repair; move car to destination and unload; withhold car from further loading; alert car owner; and request disposition of car. Report car as MW—Car moving on AAR approved owners instructions—also includes move to scrap. b. If no defects are found, the car may remain in service. Report car as MR— Car inspected; returned to service. 3. Temporary Repair. The temporary repair is fully documented in the TTX Company Drawing identified above. The repair reinforces the vertical stanchions with 1⁄2″ plates. These doubler plates are mechanically fastened to the vertical stanchions and are also mechanically fastened into the end sill of the car. Disposition requests noted in the above procedures should be directed to Mr. Rick Clement at TTX. His direct phone number is (312) 984–3849. His e-mail address is Rick_Clement@ttx.com. FRA may modify this Safety Advisory 2010–01, issue additional safety advisories, or take other appropriate action necessary to ensure the highest level of safety on the Nation’s railroads. Issued in Washington, DC on May 19, 2010. Jo Strang, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety/ Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2010–12556 Filed 5–24–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:11 May 24, 2010 Jkt 220001 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of Thrift Supervision Consumer Protections for Depository Institution Sales of Insurance AGENCY: Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507. The Office of Thrift Supervision within the Department of the Treasury will submit the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. Today, OTS is soliciting public comments on its proposal to extend this information collection. DATES: Submit written comments on or before July 26, 2010. ADDRESSES: Send comments, referring to the collection by title of the proposal or by OMB approval number, to Information Collection Comments, Chief Counsel’s Office, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552; send a facsimile transmission to (202) 906–6518; or send an e-mail to infocollection.comments@ots.treas.gov. OTS will post comments and the related index on the OTS Internet Site at https://www.ots.treas.gov. In addition, interested persons may inspect comments at the Public Reading Room, 1700 G Street, NW., by appointment. To make an appointment, call (202) 906– 5922, send an e-mail to public.info@ots.treas.gov, or send a facsimile transmission to (202) 906– 7755. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: You can request additional information about this proposed information collection from Suzanne McQueen (202) 906–6459, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552. OTS may not conduct or sponsor an information collection, and respondents are not required to respond to an information collection, unless the information collection displays a currently valid OMB control number. As part of the approval process, we invite comments on the following information collection. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Comments should address one or more of the following points: a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of OTS; b. The accuracy of OTS’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; d. Ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of information technology. We will summarize the comments that we receive and include them in the OTS request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. In this notice, OTS is soliciting comments concerning the following information collection. Title of Proposal: Consumer Protection for Depository Institution Sales of Insurance. OMB Number: 1550–0106. Regulation Requirements: 12 CFR part 536. Form Number: N/A. Description: These information collections are required under section 305 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB Act), Public Law 106–102. Section 305 of the GLB Act required the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Office of Thrift Supervision to prescribe joint consumer protection regulations. OTS’s regulations are found at 12 CFR part 536. The regulations apply to retail sales practices, solicitations, advertising, and offers of any insurance product by a depository institution or by other persons performing these activities at an office of the institution or on behalf of the institution. Section 305 requires those performing such activities to disclose certain information to consumers and to obtain consumers’ acknowledgements. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 765. Estimated Burden Hours per Responses: 1.5 minutes. Estimated Number of Responses: 629,660. Estimated Frequency of Response: On occasion. Estimated Total Burden: 15,742 hours. E:\FR\FM\25MYN1.SGM 25MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 100 (Tuesday, May 25, 2010)]
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[FR Doc No: 2010-12556]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration


Safety Advisory 2010-01

AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of Safety Advisory; Safety Appliance Securement, 
Potential Failure of Welded and/or Notched Vertical Hand Brake Supports 
on FTTX Flatcars.

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SUMMARY: FRA is issuing Safety Advisory 2010-01 in order to provide 
guidance to interested parties concerning the inspection and repair of 
FTTX series flatcars that have welded vertical hand brake supports that 
have been modified to accommodate a 10-inch wide hand brake step. FRA's 
Office of Railroad Safety Motive Power and Equipment (MP&E) Division 
has been notified that approximately 1,851 FTTX series flatcars that 
are owned by TTX Company (TTX) may have a notch cut into the vertical 
hand brake supports, which compromises the safety of the hand brake 
support angles.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Blankenship, Mechanical Engineer, 
MP&E Division (RRS-14); FRA Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, telephone: (202) 
493-6446.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 29, 2008, at approximately 10:17 a.m. 
(CST), a railroad employee was riding a cut of four cars while 
attempting to set the hand brake on Flatcar GVSR 209000. During this 
task, the hand brake support angles, which had been previously welded, 
suddenly broke; this may have contributed to the employee falling under 
the rolling equipment, resulting in a fatality. Preliminary details of 
this incident indicate that the welded vertical hand brake support 
angles had an ``old break'' condition that allowed the remaining weld 
to fail when force was applied to the hand brake. Field investigation 
of the failed vertical hand brake support indicated that the hand brake 
and/or brackets were improperly applied or not mechanically fastened to 
the car. See Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Sections 
231.1(a)(4)(iii) and 231.27(a)(4)(iii), and Safety Appliance Defect 
Code 231.110.B3, requiring hand brake housing to be securely fastened 
to a car. As a result of this fatality, FRA issued Safety Advisory 
2008-02 stating that additional flatcars may have vertical hand brake 
supports that could be subject to a similar type of failure.
    Recognizing the need to ensure safety, FRA recommended that 
railroads and car owners operating flatcars that have a vertical hand 
brake support that is welded to the carbody carefully inspect the cars 
to determine the adequacy of any welded securement. Further, any car 
found with a defective condition should be immediately handled for 
repair in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 20303, and repaired in accordance 
with accepted industry practice or by using approved fasteners as 
outlined in 49 CFR 231.1(a)(4)(iii). Welding, where present, must be 
done in accordance with industry practice, as specified in American 
Welding Society (AWS) Standards D1 and D15.
    Regional FRA inspectors have recently observed flatcars in TTX 
ownership with FTTX reporting marks, which may also pose a significant 
safety risk on account of notched vertical handbrake supports. The 
vertical handbrake supports appear to have been ``notched'' in order to 
apply a nonstandard 10-inch brake step in place of the 8-inch brake 
step that was originally designed for the cars. Cars tentatively 
identified that may have the nonstandard 10-inch brake step include, 
but are not limited to, the following car series:

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                Known cars                    Possible series involved
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FTTX 961917...............................  961370-961917
FTTX 971554...............................  971049-971613
FTTX 972703, 972762, 972235...............  972047-972946
FTTX 940540...............................  940182-940872
FTTX 963325...............................  963325
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    FRA has contacted the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and 
the car owner, TTX, to alert AAR and its member railroads of the 
potential safety risk these cars may pose in service. TTX and AAR have 
issued an Early Warning (EW-5240) in accordance with AAR Rule 125, 
which includes inspection instructions, temporary repair of affected 
cars, and the recommended disposition of subject cars.
    Recommended Action: Due to the application of nonstandard 10-inch 
wide brake steps, the strength of the vertical hand brake stanchions 
may have been compromised on the above-noted FTTX flatcars. As with the 
GVSR flatcar, there is a potential for cracked vertical stanchions. FRA 
recommends and has requested that TTX furnish FRA with the following 
information for the FTTX cars involved:
    1. The number of cars in TTX ownership (to include the reporting 
marks with number series) that may have a welded vertical handbrake 
support;
    2. The location of each car that is in service or storage;
    3. Each car that has been designated for scrapping, identified by 
car number and storage location;
    4. A full description, calculations, and drawings/sketches for the 
proposed ``temporary fix'';
    5. Any cars that have a ``notched stanchion,'' and any cars with 
improperly applied hand brakes, must be handled in accordance with 49 
U.S.C. 20303. Repairs to subject cars must be performed in accordance 
with accepted industry practice or by using approved fasteners, as 
outlined in 49 CFR 231.27(a)(4)(iii). Welding, where present, must be 
performed to an acceptable manufacturing welding industry standard 
(AWS) within a certified weld facility that typically makes weld 
repairs to freight cars; and
    6. A concise ``action plan'' that includes the following:
    a. Schedule of car inspections covering those TTX cars potentially 
at risk;
    b. Description of car disposition (scrap, temporary repair, or 
permanent repair);
    c. Schedule of when all cars will have permanent repairs completed. 
Schedule to include number of cars that will be repaired on a monthly 
basis, and projected versus actual cars repaired;
    d. List of all cars that have or will have a welded repair. The 
list should include the name of the AWS-qualified shop that will make 
the repair for each car; and
    e. A final proposed permanent repair with attached drawings and 
procedures.
    At this time, FRA further recommends that AAR and TTX continue to 
inspect and repair all of the above-noted series flatcars, and 
immediately handle for repair those cars found with defective fastening 
conditions in accordance with EW-5240 via the following steps:
    1. Empty Cars. Conduct a visual inspection of the vertical hand 
brake supports for cracks or evidence of a

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stanchion that had previously been cracked and then weld repaired.
    a. Any stanchion found with a crack in vertical stanchion, or 
cracked and then weld repaired stanchion, should be handled in 
accordance with the following: withhold car from loading; repair car 
per TTX Company Drawing No. 17057 (Rev. E), Handbrake Temporary 
Stanchion Repair; alert car owner; and request disposition of car. 
Report car as MW (Activity Code)--Car moving on AAR approved owners 
instructions-also includes move to scrap.
    b. If no defects are found, the car may remain in service. Report 
car as MR (Activity Code)--Car inspected; returned to service.
    2. Loaded Cars. Conduct a visual inspection of the vertical hand 
brake supports for cracks or evidence of a stanchion that had 
previously been cracked and then weld repaired.
    a. Any stanchion found with a crack in vertical stanchion, or 
cracked and then weld repaired stanchion should be handled in 
accordance with the following: repair car per TTX Company Drawing No. 
17057 (Rev. E), Handbrake Temporary Stanchion Repair; move car to 
destination and unload; withhold car from further loading; alert car 
owner; and request disposition of car. Report car as MW--Car moving on 
AAR approved owners instructions--also includes move to scrap.
    b. If no defects are found, the car may remain in service. Report 
car as MR--Car inspected; returned to service.
    3. Temporary Repair. The temporary repair is fully documented in 
the TTX Company Drawing identified above. The repair reinforces the 
vertical stanchions with \1/2\'' plates. These doubler plates are 
mechanically fastened to the vertical stanchions and are also 
mechanically fastened into the end sill of the car. Disposition 
requests noted in the above procedures should be directed to Mr. Rick 
Clement at TTX. His direct phone number is (312) 984-3849. His e-mail 
address is Rick_Clement@ttx.com.
    FRA may modify this Safety Advisory 2010-01, issue additional 
safety advisories, or take other appropriate action necessary to ensure 
the highest level of safety on the Nation's railroads.

    Issued in Washington, DC on May 19, 2010.
Jo Strang,
Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety/Chief Safety Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-12556 Filed 5-24-10; 8:45 am]
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