Hazmat Out-of-Service Order Issued for “Complete” Noncompliance

Posted on 4/17/2018 by Roger Marks

From time to time, everybody makes mistakes.

Often, despite the best intentions and careful attention to detail, a mistake slips through and results in a Notice of Violation from a hazmat inspector.

In some extreme cases, however, “mistake” is the wrong word. Sometimes, noncompliance is so blatant and obvious that US DOT steps in and orders an individual or a company to immediately cease shipping or carrying hazardous materials.

explosives.PNGThat’s what happened after a roadside inspection in Tennessee recently, during which the highway patrol found the following hazardous materials “haphazardly placed and unsecured” in the back of a pickup truck:
  • Eight cases of Class 1 explosives
  • 1,000 lbs. of ammonium nitrate-fuel oil mixture
  • Electric detonators
  • Blasting caps
  • Detonating cords
In addition to improperly packaging these hazardous materials for transport, the company failed to prepare hazmat shipping papers, did not placard the vehicle, did not cover the hazardous materials in any way, did not segregate the explosives from metal objects in the vehicle, did not prepare emergency response information, did not assess transport security risks, did not develop a security plan or hazmat route plan, and caused an unlicensed and medically unqualified driver to transport hazmat. 
The company also lacked a hazmat training program and did not have a drug and alcohol testing program required by US law.

In response to what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) calls a “complete and utter lack of compliance with hazardous materials and Federal safety regulations,” US DOT issued an Imminent Hazard Out-of-Service Order. This prohibits the company from transporting explosives and other hazardous materials while the order is in effect.

DOT is now considering civil and/or criminal penalties for these hazmat violations.

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