Safety Alerts & Safety Advisories

OTSI supports transport operators, regulators and the broader industry to improve safety by identifying immediate and longer-term risks through its investigations and data analysis. In addition to its investigation reports, OTSI produces and disseminates:

Safety Alerts

A Safety Alert suggests action to be taken by bus, ferry or rail operators to address an issue that could pose an immediate safety risk to operations. An alert may be issued in response to a risk that is identified through the course of an OTSI investigation or following the review of an operator’s investigation report.

21 January 2021 - Safety Alert: Risks of Electrical Fires on Volvo Buses with Volgren CR228L bodies (rigid and articulated)

28 May 2020 - Safety Alert: Risk of Hydrogen Sulphide Exposure on Domestic Commercial Vessels

Safety Advisories 

A Safety Advisory provides advice to operators and other industry stakeholders about longer-term safety issues that have been identified through an investigation or data analysis.

13 September 2022 - Safety Advisory SA04/22 - Locomotive sandbox fixing arrangements

15 August 2022 - Safety Advisory SA03/22: Commissioning and servicing of bus and coach fire suppression systems

27 June 2022 - Safety Advisory: Unknown functions in locomotive braking systems

29 March 2022 - Safety Advisory: Safety critical communications by rail safety workers

5 November 2021 - Safety Advisory: Risk of air conditioning system electrical fires on buses

31 August 2021 - Safety Advisory: Domestic Commercial Vessel (DCV) Steering Systems

9 August 2021 - Safety Advisory: Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) Pantograph Failure

3 June 2021 - Safety Advisory: Accidents involving buses and pedestrians on and near designated crossings

22 April 2021 - Safety Advisory: Domestic Commercial Vessels (DCV) Engine Room Smoke 

7 April 2021 - Safety Advisory: Helicopter operations involving Domestic Commercial Vessels