Rescinded by
G.O. 361

The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 244

Friday, the 26th of
July, A.D. 1918

In the matter of section 292 of the Railway Act as amended by chapter 37 of 7-8 George V, section 8, General Order No. 39 dated July 8, 1909, Circular 110, dated April 3, 1913, and Supplements thereto numbers 1 and 2 dated respectively April 30, 1918, and June 6, 1918, Circular No. 131, dated March 11, 191h, and Circular No. 161, dated March 8, 1918.


H. L. Drayton
Chief Commissioner

D'Arcy Scott
Assistant Chief Commissioner

W. B. Nantel
Deputy Chief Commissioner

S. J. McLean
Asst. Chief Commissioner

A. S. Goodeve

A. C. Boyce

Upon the report of the Chief Operating Officer of the board to the effect that railway companies are not fully complying with the requirements of the Act in reporting accidents to the board, and pointing out the desirability of a uniform practice on the part of railway companies in making returns of accidents, and upon his recommendation,—

It is ordered:

  1. That every railway company subject to the legislative authority of the Parliament of Canada be, and it is hereby required and directed within six days after the head officers of the company have received information of the occurrence upon the railway belonging to it of any accident, attended with personal injury to any person using the railway, or to any employee of the company, or whereby any bridge, culvert, viaduct, or tunnel on or of the railway has been broken or so damaged as to be impassable or unfit for immediate use, give notice thereof to the board, such notice to be addressed to the Chief Operating Officer of the hoard and to be made on hard paper in the forms A (relating to Highway Crossing Accidents Only) and B (relating to Accidents Other than those Occurring at Highway Crossings), schedules to this order; such reports to be limited to accidents caused by transportation, that is to say where train movements are involved and not to apply to accidents occurring in railway shops or other manufacturing establishments, the property of railway companies.
  2. That in the case of derailments, collisions, and highway crossing accidents attended by personal injury, and in the case of any damage to any bridge, culvert, viaduct, or tunnel so as to render the same impassable or unfit for immediate use, the conductors or other employees of every such company shall, at the expense of the company and at the same time they report to the company, send to the Board addressed to its Chief Operating Officer a telegram containing the following information:—
    1. Date and place.
    2. Name of railway.
    3. Number and description of train or trains, engine or engines concerned.
    4. Number of passengers, employees or others killed and injured.
    5. A short and concise statement of the apparent cause of the accident.
    6. Name and title of person sending report.
  3. That where any such company grants or has granted running rights or the joint use of its line or any portion thereof to another company and the last-named company is concerned in an accident occurring on said joint section required under this Order to be reported both companies shall report to the Board as herein provided.
  4. That every such railway company place before their conductors or other employees affected by the order a copy of paragraph (2) of this order directing said conductors or other employees to comply directly with the requirements of the provision.
  5. That the said General Order No. 39, circular 110 with supplements Nos. 1 and 2, circular No. 131, and circular No. 161 be, and they are hereby, rescinded.