Hazmat Noncompliance Snuffs Out Fireworks Show
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Fireworks are explosive; that’s what makes them fun and thrilling. That’s also what makes them Class 1 hazardous materials. To package, ship, or transport hazardous materials, employees must have specific training on the requirements for safe preparation and handling.
In the New Jersey towns of Beachwood and Milltown, revelers this year were left to stare at an empty sky after a fireworks vendor failed to deliver as scheduled on the evening of July 4.
The fireworks vendor later released the following statement (emphasis ours):
“It was all about the delivery. The product was there, the lead shooters ready, and everything was a go. But we had a problem with the Driver that was delivering the shows. Many regulations are in place for the transportation of explosives and this is what failed.”
Because of either a lapse in hazmat training or the inability to find a driver with a hazmat CDL to make the delivery, the fireworks could not be delivered legally and in compliance with US DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations. This unfortunate Independence Day indignity could have been avoided by having a properly trained hazmat driver available to deliver the shipment or by the hauler improving his employee hazmat training program.
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Tags: 49, CFR, DOT, hazardous materials, hazmat shipping, hazmat training
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