Statement from CP on the Transportation Safety Board’s investigation report into the February 4, 2019 derailment near Field, BC

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CALGARY, Alta., March 31, 2022 /CNW/ – Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today issued the following statement regarding the Transportation Safety Board’s (TSB) investigation report (the report) into the February 4, 2019 derailment that tragically claimed the lives of three CP railroad workers.

CP continues to mourn the loss of Dylan Paradise, Andrew Dockrel and Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer. This is a tragedy that will never be forgotten and has reinforced CP’s unwavering commitment to safety throughout its operation.

Given the seriousness of this incident and the tragic loss of life, it is extremely disappointing that the TSB misrepresented the facts at today’s press conference and misunderstood the key facts about the incident in his report. Specifically:

  • During the press conference, the TSB Manager, Head Office and Western Regional Operations – Rail, misrepresented what happened on the locomotive when the relief crew arrived to relieve the crew of arrival. The relief crew did not immediately decide to apply the hand brakes upon arriving at the locomotive. The report itself contradicts his statement. According to the TSB report, the relief crew had been on the locomotive for over 20 minutes and had completed another job briefing before the train began to move. No decision to apply handbrakes was made during this time.
  • The assessment of the situation and the decision to apply the brake retainers was made using the collective knowledge and experience of everyone involved. The incoming crew and relief crew locomotive engineers were fully trained, qualified and certified, and had good experience operating trains on mountain grades. The conductor was also a qualified locomotive engineer with experience on mountain grades. The crews and the chef de train have agreed on the appropriate measures to be taken in accordance with the existing procedure. The Field Hill operating procedure itself was based on operating practices established in conjunction with traffic trades employees, Transport Canada and company management following previous incidents a more than two decades. It was not a question of training and/or experience.
  • The TSB erroneously concluded, based on inappropriate extrapolation of data and unsubstantiated inferences, that the occurrence train exhibited poor braking performance. As confirmed by the report, the train involved in the incident was fully functional, met all industry standards and had passed all regulatory brake test inspections.
  • CP has demonstrated that its safety management system contains all the necessary elements, as required by regulation. CP’s safety hazard reporting process was effective in both form and execution. There were no systemic hazards that were not appropriately addressed, including the braking performance of the Field Hill train, by CP’s safety management system.
  • CP has a robust training and certification program that meets or exceeds applicable regulatory standards, using state-of-the-art technology and focusing on practical application. Learning at CP is never complete, and CP training programs are continually updated and refined using the latest practices and learnings to confirm complete understanding.

CP has a strong safety culture and is always working to improve. CP continues to lead the industry in technology-driven train inspections, with a decade of experience reducing train accidents and improving train performance.

Throughout this investigation, CP cooperated fully with the TSB. CP firmly believes that real and substantial improvements in safety are only achieved when a factual and objective analysis is undertaken to truly understand the causes and contributing factors of an incident such as the Domain derailment.

CP will address the inaccuracies and misrepresentations made at today’s press conference and in the report in more detail directly with the TSB.

This matter is still under preliminary investigation by the RCMP.

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Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and United States with direct connections to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP offers its North American customers competitive rail service with access to key markets around the world. CP grows with its customers, offering a range of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see CP rail benefits. CP-IR

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