Railroad personnel can submit reports to NASA C3RS when they are involved in, or observe an incident or situation in which railroad safety might be compromised. All report submissions are voluntary. Reports sent to NASA C3RS are held in strict confidence. C3RS de-identifies all reports before entering them into the safety report database.
All personal and third party references (carriers, employees mentioned, etc.) are removed or de-identified. Dates, times, and related information which could be used to infer an identity, are either generalized or eliminated.
It may be necessary for the NASA C3RS rail safety analyst to contact a reporter to clarify or obtain additional data for an accurate, detailed understanding of a report. Once the report analysis is completed, the identification strip is removed and mailed to the reporter at the address you provide. The identification strip is proof the reporter can use to demonstrate he or she submitted a NASA C3RS report.
No. NASA will never reveal the identity of someone making a report.
Train 123 left NASA Ames going to Kennedy Space Center. We were going 50 MPH and entered a Form A restriction at 32 MPH at MP 100.
I applied the brakes and got below the required speed of 30 MPH. The restriction was covered in the job safety briefing, but I misjudged the braking distance to get the train below the required speed of 30 MPH.
Train A left Station X going to Station Y. We were going X MPH and entered a Temporary Speed Restriction at Y MPH [2 MPH overspeed] at MP X.
I applied the brakes and got below the required speed of Z MPH. The restriction was covered in the Job Safety Briefing, but I misjudged the braking distance to get the train below the required speed of Z MPH.
NASA C3RS paper reports are picked up daily from the Moffett Field Post Office or are received electronically via website Electronic Report Submission (ERS).
Every report is date and time stamped on the date of receipt.
Two C3RS Expert Analysts independently "screen" each report within five working days to provide initial analysis of the narrative.
Based on initial screening, multiple reports on the same event are brought together to form one database "record."
During the detailed report analysis process, reports are codified by an Expert Analyst using the C3RS taxonomy that was developed by NASA in coordination with FRA and industry experts. Expert Analysts evaluate the content of the reports and underlying contributing factors.
A C3RS Expert Analyst may call a reporter on the telephone to clarify or obtain additional information. This information may be added to the analysis and final record.
To ensure confidentiality, all identifying data is removed or generalized. After analysis, the Identification Strip (the top portion of the report) is returned to the person reporting. This ID strip acts as the proof of submission.
All reports go through several steps to assure accuracy. Final quality assurance checks are performed for coding quality and confidentiality.
C3RS sends the Peer Review Team (PRT) the de-identified report summary for review. The PRT may recommend corrective actions to the carrier after their independent analysis of the report.
Original reports, both physical and electronic data, are eliminated to protect reporter and carrier confidentiality.
C3RS uses the information it receives to promote safety through a number of products and services such as our ‘Inside The Rail’ newsletter.