The stakeholders were asked to indicate how useful the following accident information is for their business:
The bulk package manufacturers who responded to the survey had varying opinions on what would be most useful; however, they all agreed that the above categories of information would be at least somewhat useful. Injury and fatality information as well as accident costs were rated the least useful overall.
Throughout the survey carriers stressed the importance of including root cause information in such a database. This desire for a process to evaluate crash root cause was confirmed by 97% of survey respondents indicating that this was either useful or very useful. Other accident information the majority of carriers said they find useful or very useful include crash description (90% of survey respondents), accident costs (86% of survey respondents), package damage / rupture information (76%) and injury and fatality information (69%). Package design information was regarded as only somewhat useful by the majority of survey respondents. One carrier indicated that type of hazardous material, age of vehicles, and equipment manufacturer would also be very useful for their business.
Crash root cause, crash description, package design information and package damage/rupture information were identified as the most useful accident information for shippers. Opinions varied as to whether the other types of accident information were useful or not. The least useful information was accident costs. Additionally, shippers believed that contributing causes (not just root cause), on-board video data, years of driver experience and type of roadway/roadway class were all very useful accident information for their business.
The majority of researcher survey respondents were very interested in package design information and package damage or rupture information while less interest was expressed regarding the collection of crash root cause information, crash description, injury and fatality information and accident costs. Interest was also expressed for the collection of the following types of accident data:
Researchers were also asked to rate how relevant several package damage / rupture information descriptors are to their research. Overall the following information was identified as relevant or very relevant by the majority of respondents:
The following package damage or rupture information was identified as at least somewhat relevant by all but one respondent:
Furthermore, the following data are, in general, the least relevant package damage / rupture information:
Finally, researchers were asked what additional aspects a cargo tank performance database could easily accommodate. The following is a list of the additional fields that should be considered: