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Safety Recommendation H-90-008
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Synopsis: ABOUT 11:30 A.M., ON NOVEMBER 30, 1988, A TRACTOR-FLATBED SEMITRAILER OPERATED BY HY YIELD BROMINE COMPANY OVERTURNED AT THE INTERSECTION OF TWO FARM ROADS IN A SPARSELY POPULATED AREA OF COLLIER COUNTY, FLORIDA. THE SEMITRAILER WAS LOADED WITH 32 CYLINDERS OF A POISONOUS AND TOXIC BY INHALATION MIXTURE, 98 PERCENT METHYL BROMIDE AND 2 PERCENT CHLOROPICRIN. ELEVEN OF THE CYLINDERS WERE FULL, EACH CONTAINING ABOUT 1,500 POUNDS OF THE POISONOUS MIXTURE, AND THE REMAINDER OF THE CYLINDERS WERE PARTIALLY FULL OR EMPTY EXCEPT FOR RESIDUE. THE DRIVER HAD COMPLETED THE SECOND OF FOUR SCHEDULED STOPS WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE HY YIELD BROMINE COMPANY: IMPLEMENT EXPEDITIOUSLY A SAFETY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS THAT INCLUDES WRITTEN OBJECTIVES AND PROCEDURES FOR HIRING AND QUALIFYING DRIVERS; INITIAL AND RECURRENT HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRAINING FOR DRIVERS; REVIEW OF DRIVERS PERFORMANCE AND DRIVING RECORDS; SCHEDULING OF DRIVER ASSIGNMENTS; AND MONITORING OF DRIVER HOURS OF SERVICE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Collier County, FL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA89MZ001
Accident Reports: ​Puncture of a Cylinder Containing a Mixture of Methyl Bromide and Chloropicrin Following the Overturn of a Tractor/Semitrailer
Report #: HZM-90-01
Accident Date: 11/30/1988
Issue Date: 3/23/1990
Date Closed: 7/29/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Hy Yield Bromine Company (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Fatigue, Safety Management Systems, Hazmat, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Hy Yield Bromine Company
Date: 7/29/1993
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE HY YIELD SAFETY MANUAL ESTABLISHES WRITTEN OBJECTIVES & PROCEDURES FOR HIRING & QUALIFYING DRIVERS, INITIAL & RECURRENT TRAINING, THE REVIEW OF DRIVER PERFORMANCE, & THE MONITORING OF DRIVERS' HOURS OF SERVICE. THE BOARD FURTHER NOTES THAT HY YIELD HAS INCLUDED IN THE SAFETY MANUAL CARGO RESTRAINT PROCEDURES THAT DRIVERS MUST FOLLOW AND HAS IMPLEMENTED A COLOR CODE SYSTEM TO DISTINGUISH FULL, PARTIALLY FULL, & EMPTY CYLINDERS IN TRANSIT. THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE POLICIES & PROCEDURES ESTABLISHED IN THE SAFETY MANUAL SATISFY THE OBJECTIVES OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE TO HY YIELD. BECAUSE OF THE POSITIVE ACTIONS TAKEN NY HY YIELD TO ADDRESS THESE SAFETY ISSUES, RECOMMENDATIONS H-90-8, H-90-9 AND I-90-1 ARE CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Hy Yield Bromine Company
To: NTSB
Date: 6/1/1993
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Hy Yield Bromine Company
Date: 9/11/1990
Response:

From: Hy Yield Bromine Company
To: NTSB
Date: 5/29/1990
Response: WE ACCEPT THE BOARD'S RECOMMENDATIONS AND WILL ADOPT THEM AS PART OF OUR POLICY. A SAFE TRANSPORTATION MANUAL IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING DEVELOPED. THIS MANUAL WILL INCLUDE PROCEDURES FOR: 1. HIRING AND QUALIFYING DRIVERS. 2. BASIC INFORMATION ON OUR FUMIGANT PRODUCTS. 3. A MEDICAL EXAMINATION AND DRUG TESTING PROGRAM. 4. REQUIREMENTS FOR ROAD TEST AND WRITTEN TESTS. 5. OBJECTIVES FOR SAFE DELIVERY OF OUR PRODUCTS. 6. STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR WHILE OPERATING COMPANY VEHICLES. 7. STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR AT THE CUSTOMER'S PREMISES. 8. SCHEDULING STANDARDS TO COMPLY WITH LOG BOOK REQUIREMENTS. 9. SYSTEM TO MONITOR DRIVER HOURS. 10. ACCIDENT MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS CARRIED ON THE TRUCK. A. INFORMATION ON BOARD TO HELP RESCUE PERSONNEL. B. LIST OF PHONE NUMBERS ON BOARD TO CONTACT OTHER PERSONNEL. C. RECOMMENDATIONS ON EVACUATION. D. FIRST AID RECOMMENDATIONS. E. SAFETY EQUIPMENT. PRIOR TO COMPLETION OF THIS MANUAL WE HAVE ALREADY ADOPTED MANY OF THESE ITEMS. THE FOLLOWING IS THE PORTION OF THIS MANUAL THAT HAVE BEEN IN PRACTICE. [THE FOLLOWING ARE NUMBERED AS FOUND IN THE RESPONSE.] 5. WE CONDUCT ANNUAL REVIEWS OF THE DRIVERS, INCLUDING AN MRV REPORT. 6. WE HAVE ADOPTED THE 8 DAY, 70 HOUR LOG SYSTEM AND MONITOR IT VERY CLOSELY. 7. SAFETY EQUIPMENT ON BOARD INCLUDES A SELF CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS AND WATER IN ADDITION TO REGULAR DOT SAFETY EQUIPMENT. ALL THESE PROCEDURES HAVE BEEN EITHER ADOPTED OR ARE IN PROCESS.