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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation I-01-002
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Synopsis: ABOUT 12:05 A.M. ON 2/18/99, RAILROAD TANK CAR UTLX 643593, WHICH WAS ON THE WEST UNLOADING RACK AT THE ESSROC CEMENT CORPORATION CEMENT PLANT NEAR CLYMERS, INDIANA, SUSTAINED A SUDDEN AND CATASTROPHIC RUPTURE THAT PROPELLED THE TANK CAR'S TANK ABOUT 750 FEET AND OVER MULTISTORY STORAGE TANKS. THERE WERE NO INJURIES OR FATALITIES. TOTAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING PROPERTY DAMAGE AND COSTS FROM LOST PRODUCTION, WERE ESTIMATED AT NEARLY $8.2 MILLION. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD DETERMINED THAT THE PROBABLE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT WAS THE FAILURE OF ESSROC CEMENT CORP. (ESSROC) AND CP RECYCLING OF INDIANA (CPRIN) MANAGEMENT TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT SAFE PROCEDURES FOR OFFLOADING TOLUENE DIISOCYANATE (TDI) MATTER WASTES, RESULTING IN THE OVERPRESSURIZATION OF THE TANK CAR FROM CHEMICAL SELF-REACTION AND EXPANSION OF THE TDI MATTER WASTES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ESSROC CEMENT CORPORATION: COLLABORATE WITH APPLICABLE PRODUCERS, SHIPPERS, CONSIGNEES, AND END-USERS IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF SPECIFIC AND WRITTEN PROCEDURES FOR THE LOADING OR OFFLOADING OF ANY CHEMICAL OR WASTE MATERIAL FROM A RAILROAD TANK CAR, HIGHWAY CARGO TANK, OR OTHER BULK TRANSPORTATION VESSEL WHEN THE CHEMICAL OR WASTE MATERIAL EXHIBITS PROPERTIES THAT REQUIRE SPECIAL HANDLING OR PROCESSING DURING THE LOADING OR OFFLOADING OPERATION.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received
Mode: Intermodal
Location: Clymers, IN, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA99MZ004
Accident Reports: ​Rupture of a Railroad Tank Car Containing Hazardous Waste
Report #: HZM-01-01
Accident Date: 2/18/1999
Issue Date: 3/12/2001
Date Closed: 7/31/2003
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Essroc Cement Corporation (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
Keyword(s): Tank Car Loading and Unloading, Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Essroc Cement Corporation
Date: 7/31/2003
Response: Because the Safety Board has not received a reply from Essroc regarding this safety recommendation, we have no alternative but to classify Safety Recommendation I-01-2 "Closed--Unacceptable Action/No Response Received." If, however, Essroc provides the Safety Board with information to indicate that it has initiated or completed any actions in response to this recommendation, the Board will evaluate those actions and consider reclassifying this recommendation.

From: NTSB
To: Essroc Cement Corporation
Date: 10/4/2001
Response: To date, the Safety Board has not received a reply from Essroc regarding Safety Recommendation I-01-02. The Board is vitally interested in knowing whether and how its recommendations are implemented, both to ensure that the traveling public is provided the highest level of safety, and to identify creative solutions that might be our recommendations. A copy of the original recommendation letter is enclosed for your convenience. Please refer to Safety Recommendation I-01-02 in your reply, and address your response to Ms. Marion C. Blakey, Chairman.