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HazChem Environmental and the Salvage Drum Rescue

March 23rd, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Salvage Drum, Skolnik Newsletter

With thanks to our long time customer, HazChem Environmental, we just learned about a dangerous goods spill incident in which our (Skolnik) 85 Gallon Salvage Drums came to the rescue to quickly and efficiently contain a potentially dangerous situation.

On January 22, 2021, one of the largest freight-transport companies in the world called HazChem Environmental at 4:57 a.m. with a major problem. “Resin had spilled on a trailer at one of their Chicagoland terminals,” explained Chris Johnson, Co-Owner of HazChem. Overexposure to resin may affect the central nervous system causing dizziness, headache or nausea. It can also have a negative impact on hearing, and can cause respiratory tract damage. The incident was that one damaged 55-gallon open-top-steel drum was causing the problem. There was a small puncture in the bottom of the drum, about the size of a nail-hole. “Once our crew arrived at this spill, they did exactly what they are trained to do,” said Alan Shapiro, Co-Owner of HazChem. “They did a thorough check of all the drums containing Resin to see if there was any leak. They inspected the drums by hand, then lifted both up with a forklift to see if there was leakage from both drums, and there was!” “With both drums leaking, Shapiro said, “we had a sufficient amount of 85-gallon Overpack Steel Drums to solve the problem.”

The HazChem crew at this particular spill put both leaking drums into Skolnik Overpacks, sealed them up and put them in the HazChem Emergency Truck. The onsite crew then finished cleaning the inside of the resin-filled trailer with oil dry, pads, shovels and scrappers. The crew then cleaned up the back of the trailer and the ground outside which had also been covered with the spilled resin.

A good end to a potentially dangerous outcome. Our thanks to HazChem!

Check out the fully story here:
www.hazchem.com/resources/job-of-the-week-jan-22-2021

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