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PHMSA Launches Online Database of HazMat Incident Reports

August 9th, 2011 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has launched an online database of hazardous materials incident summary reports. The annual and 10-year summary reports include the number of incidents related to specific causes, the number of injuries or fatalities, as well the cost of damages. For instance, while California, Texas, Illinois and Ohio have the most incidents of the 50 states, Texas is #1 for having the most deaths or major injuries, the most hospitalized injuries and the most non-hospitalized injuries. By far, most HazMat transportation incidents that result in injury occur at the unloading portion of the transport experience. Users of this database can download up-to-date, useful information from the database because it is updated on a nightly basis and the data can be sorted based on the details of the incident. The creation of this database streamlines the delivery of this information to the public and continues PHMSA’s commitment to increased Government transparency. The database can be accessed on the PHMSA website.

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