A closer look at the NTSB's 'Most Wanted' list

In November, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its "Most Wanted" list of safety improvements for 2017 and 2018. The two-year list includes a few measures that the board has called for in the past, such as improved safety oversight of transit-rail agencies.

The latest line-up also puts a spotlight on the safe transportation of hazardous materials. Although the NTSB's previous lists highlighted that issue as part of broader safety concerns, the 2017-18 list includes it in a separate recommendation. Finally, the 2017-18 list calls for more comprehensive medical exams for transportation workers, including screenings for sleep apnea. That disorder has been implicated in several high-profile incidents, NTSB officials say.

To learn more about the board's latest "Most Wanted" list, check out my recent article from our December issue. What do you think of the NTSB'S 2017-18 list? Does it cover the right safety topics? And do you think the transportation industry will be able to make the necessary improvements in the coming years? Let me know in the comments section below.

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