Hazmzt spill in indy

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  1. blindbaron

    blindbaron Member

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    I heard there was a bad hazmat spill in indy this week. People were taken to the hospital. I was wondering if everyone is ok and what the heck was the chemical that spilled??
     
  2. HILLBILLY

    HILLBILLY Well-Known Member

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    I saw it on the news and they were ok. They continued with half the dock. It is interesting to me that it got to the point they shut it down since I have seen a few spills that should have shut the outbound down and they didn't blink an eye. I worked in HGR for a month at the old terminal in 2005 and we had a bad ammonia spill and they handed us mask and said keep at it. Later I was at the hotel with a nose bleed that would stop for half an hour.
     
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    Ok good thanks for the info you dont think about the chemicals we haul till you hear about that!!
     
  5. Richard Cranium

    Richard Cranium Well-Known Member

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    Now that we know that all are ok and it could easily have been much worse, a bit of levity.

    Was this a Sundrop concentrate shipment?
     
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    On a lighter note, we had a driver that discovered a small pail of vanilla extract was leaking from one of his trailers and the haz-mat team had to be called out!! Who knew vanilla extract was hazardous??
     
  7. HILLBILLY

    HILLBILLY Well-Known Member

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    I used to deliver cylinders into a medical packaging company, we didn't know how big of a deal it would be until I asked the company what this stuff was. The dock had a tendency to just load them laying on the floor or mixed in. I asked and the guy told me the military uses this chemical in a powder form to suck the oxygen out of caves in Afghanistan. They used in a gas form to suck oxygen out of medical packing and make it sterile. I then asked what happens if they are damaged or catch on fire. His response was if its a small leak it can be contained and the area needs to be evuacated and if they all catch on fire it won't matter because anybody nearby will be dead and then the gas will burn off. I told dispatch and the dock what it was and that it absolutely has to be the first stop they all quickly agreed and made note of it so that it was printed on travel copies to tail load and secure. I also stopped picking up the empty cylinder until it was my last stop or two.
     
  8. Richard Cranium

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    The dock had a tendency to just load them laying on the floor.....
     
  9. joes bar and grill

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    How could it catch on fire? it's oxygen depleting.
     
  10. Big Dave

    Big Dave Dispatcher for Team BRG-Wong

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    Not when loaded with oxygen replenishing gardenias...
     
  11. Richard Cranium

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    Think thermobaric weapon.
    Think ethylene oxide.
     
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    Smart move. Your actions more than likely saved a life or someone from serious injury. By acting & not just talking, you made everyone a little safer @ work. Even though most people @ work probably didn't know about what you accomplished. von.
     
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  13. HILLBILLY

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    I don't know the process but they ignite it in the packaging and that is how it reacts and sucks the oxygen out. The company that does this has many buildings but the sterilization part is done in a building about 5 mile out of the city in the woods. The room they are in is secure and sits below the level of the building so that if they leak they can flood the room with a foam or something. It was pretty neat looking at it all.
     
  14. seabreeze

    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    Shucks, You mean we can no longer use it to make ice cream?
     
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  15. Richard Cranium

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    Most flavoring extracts have a high ethanol content and thus are flammable.
     
  16. seabreeze

    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    or inflammable??
     
  17. Richard Cranium

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    Jeez, don't know about that. Last time I looked inflammable was not a hazard class. Although they mean the same thing, inflammable comes from two Latin words. This is 'merica, and we speak 'merican, so it's flammable.
     
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    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    Please hit the keys harder, I am still wearing my eclipse glasses, not going to be late for the next time she comes around.
     
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    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    Sounds like I may try this for gas! just make sure it's not more than 10%
     
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    Sure...but if that homemade ice cream gives you gas, you'll know why!!
     
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