Top Consequences 2005-2009: Hazardous Materials by Commodities & Failure Modes [Issue 3, September 1, 2011] [open pdf - 478KB]
"This paper outlines the hazardous materials (hazmat) in transport that have been responsible for the most serious consequences in terms of deaths and major injuries during the years 2005 to 2009. It also identifies failure modes and the corresponding transportation phases that have resulted in the most high-impact casualties during this same period. In response to initial feedback from stakeholders, this document has been revised to correct misreported figures due to duplicate and erroneous incident records. In particular, we adjusted the overall number of casualties involving gasoline and diesel fuel - as well as all casualties occurring in the highway and air modes - and validated the breakdown of incidents by failure cause, most notably derailment, rollover, and incidents with unreported causes. We have further expanded the section on selected emerging risks, highlighting some which have yet to produce serious consequences in transportation."
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration: http://phmsa.dot.gov/