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Rogue Trucking Company Transported Explosives Without Qualifications, Compliance

Federal authorities have shut down a Tennessee trucking company after an unannounced roadside inspection found a truck haphazardly packed with unsecured explosives and multiple other violations that constituted an “imminent hazard to public safety.” On March 23, 2018, a truck operated by RC Stone & Farms of Crossville, Tennessee, was pulled over on Highway 28 in Sequatchie County and inspected by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. A Bomb with Wheels Among the cargo that THP authorities found piled dangerously in the bed of the pickup truck were numerous Class 1 explosives, including ammonium nitrate-fuel oil mixture, electric detonators, blasting caps, and detonating ... Read More

Review of agency responsible for pipeline, hazardous materials oversight finds serious performance issues

Federal regulators charged with overseeing the nation’s 2.6 million miles of pipeline and a million shipments of hazardous materials per day have missed deadline after deadline in developing and implementing safety rules to protect the public from oil train derailments, pipeline spills, and other disasters, an internal audit conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation has found. In a report published Oct. 14, the Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General said that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) “has faced criticism from Congress for its lack of timeliness in implementing mandates and recommendations.” The House Transportation and Infrastructure ... Read More

Savannah controversy: who would pay for hazmat trucking disaster?

The potential for a “catastrophic event” and the costs associated with it are at the center of a debate in Savannah, Georgia after a liquid natural gas (LNG) processor nearby petitioned federal regulators to allow overland shipping of volatile gas. Southern LNG, which operates a massive LNG import terminal 5 miles downstream from Savannah, currently receives liquid methane by ship and pipes it out as a gas. The company is seeking approval to ship the gas in liquid form by truck through populated areas, including practically through the heart of Savannah. According to the Savannah Morning News, if the federal ... Read More

Possible equipment failure sends diesel tanker plummeting off Oregon highway

A truck driver hauling two tanker trailers full of diesel fuel lost control of his truck on I-84 near Hood River, Oregon, Friday afternoon after experiencing an apparent equipment failure on one of the trailers. Oregon State Police said Eric D. Christiansen, 58, of Vancouver, Washington, jumped from the truck just before it and the diesel-laden tankers toppled over and rolled down an embankment. The truck and its trailers initially came to a stop, partially dangling from a guardrail on the right shoulder of the road, giving Mr. Christiansen time to climb out before the vehicles rolled. Fortunately, the trailers ... Read More

Alabama manufacturer gets steep OSHA fines for endangering workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Birmingham, Alabama, office has rebuked a fabrication company based in Albertville, Ala., for disregarding the health and safety of its employees by ignoring several federal safety regulations. OSHA issued 19 safety citations to FABCO Equipment Co. following an investigation at its Albertville facility. Penalties for the violations total $71,764. OSHA investigators identified the workplace hazards while conducting a follow-up investigation to one conducted in November 2009. The investigation resulted in one failure-to-abate health citation with a proposed penalty of $7,700, alleging the company failed to train employees in using and handling hazardous chemicals. OSHA ... Read More

FMCSA announces texting ban for hazmat drivers

Distracted driving killed 5,500 people on American roads and highways last year, and some of those crashes (likely many of them) happened as drivers tried to send and receive text messages behind the wheel – an act that researchers have found is many times more disorienting and deadly than drunk driving. Considering the dangers, you would think that it would be illegal for commercial drivers hauling hazardous materials to text behind the wheel. Technically it isn’t. But the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is working to change that. Although the agency posted final rules on Tuesday prohibiting commercial truck and ... Read More

New safety video examines causes of truck rollovers

“So, what causes a rollover?” That’s the question at the center of a new 17-minute instructional safety video produced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in cooperation with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and other industry partners. “The answer you get most often is driving too fast for road and weather conditions. And that’s true. Sometimes. But that’s not the only reason,” the video says. “We want to go beyond that general answer to look at all the different factors that contribute to rollovers. By the time we’re finished, we’ll know how they happen, why ... Read More

FAA fines show companies routinely ignore hazmat shipping regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been cracking down on shipments of hazardous materials and has published a notice of civil penalties issued against 11 companies. The FAA issued the fines in response to improperly packaged, marked, classed, described, or labeled hazardous materials. The penalties total $720,000 and range from $54,000 to $91,000. Hazardous cargo that is shipped in violation of federal rules and regulations poses a grave risk of injury and death to anyone in the vicinity of the package. Most of the packages were discovered by shipping company staff, customs officials, and airport personnel because they were leaking. ... Read More