Saturday, March 23, 2024

Transportation Chemical Incidents – Week of 3-13-24

Reporting Background

See this post for explanation.

Data from PHMSA’s online database of transportation related chemical incidents that have been reported to the agency.

Incidents Summary

Number of incidents – 110 (101 highway, 9 air, 0 rail)

Serious incidents – 1 (1 Bulk release, 0 injuries, 0 deaths, 0 major artery closed)

Largest container involved – 2100-lb pallet (Batteries, Wet, Filled with Acid, Electric Storage) another package fell on pallet – 0.625-lbs leaked.

Largest amount spilled – 400-lbs (Calcium Hypochlorite, Hydrated or Calcium Hypochlorite, Hydrated Mixtures, With Not Less Than 5.5 Percent but Not More Than 16 Percent Water) 1-gal plastic containers in cardboard boxes. Handling equipment accident.

Most Interesting Chemical: Hydrobromic Acid, UN 1788. Used in chemical synthesis and metal cleaning. TOXIC; inhalation, ingestion or skin contact with material may cause severe injury or death. Contact with molten substance may cause severe burns to skin and eyes. Avoid any skin contact. Effects of contact or inhalation may be delayed. Fire may produce irritating, corrosive and/or toxic gases. Runoff from fire control or dilution water may be corrosive and/or toxic and cause environmental contamination.

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