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Safety Recommendation I-90-017
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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 FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL: REVIEW DISPATCHER TRAINING AND, AS NECESSARY, MODIFY INSTRUCTIONS TO CONFIRM THAT RESPONDERS ARE PROVIDED ALL AVAILABLE VITAL INFORMATION PERTAINING TO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INVOLVED IN ACCIDENTS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Intermodal
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: 11/13/1990
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Florida, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Dispatch, Hazmat, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Florida, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Date: 11/13/1990
Response: Safety Recommendation I-90-17 requested measures be established to ensure that responders are provided needed information about hazardous materials involved in accidents. The Safety Board commends the Florida Highway Patrol for its review of the duty officer (dispatcher) training and its modification of instructions for duty officers printed in the communications manual. The procedures should now ensure that responders are provided all available vital information pertaining to hazardous materials involved in accidents. This action accomplishes the objectives of Safety Recommendation I-90-17 and the Safety Board has classified the recommendation as "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: State of Florida, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
To: NTSB
Date: 8/24/1990
Response: I REGRET THAT OUR EARLIER RESPONSE APPARENTLY FAILED TO FULLY DETAIL OUR COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING ADEQUATE TRAINING AND GUIDANCE TO DUTY OFFICERS ASSIGNED THE TASK OF DIS PATCHING TROOPERS TO INCIDENTS INVOLVING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. COLONEL WILLIAM A. CLARK FAILED TO FULLY EXPRESS OUR POSITION AND I WAS UNAWARE OF HIS TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WHICH PROMPTED YOUR LATEST CORRESPONDENCE. COLONEL CLARK, WHO HAS SUBSEQUENTLY RETIRED, DID NOT COVER THIS ISSUE AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN COVERED. LET ME ASSURE YOU THAT ALL FHP DUTY OFFICERS ARE RECEIVING IN-SERVICE TRAINING ON THIS SUBJECT AND IT WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE BASIC TRAINING CURRICULUM FOR NEW DUTY OFFICERS. IN ADDITION, THE COM MUNICATIONS MANUAL WHICH ENUMERATES POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR DUTY OFFICERS IS BEING REVISED TO INCLUDE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR DUTY OFFICERS TO FOLLOW IN INCIDENTS INVOLVING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. A PORTION OF THIS MANUAL IS INCLUDED BELOW WITH THE ADDITIONS IDENTIFIED IN BOLD LETTER ING. THE DUTY OFFICER, WHEN NOTIFIED OF AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, WILL OBTAIN AS MUCH INFORMA TION AS POSSIBLE FROM THE PERSON REPORTING THE ACCIDENT. IF POSSIBLE, DETERMINE WHAT TYPE OF MATERIALS ARE INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT. (REFER TO THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDEBOOK FOR ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE.) IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DUTY OFFICER TO IMMEDIATELY RELAY ALL INFORMATION TO THE TROOPER BEING DISPATCHED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. IMMEDIATELY CONTACT CHEMTREC AT 1-800-424-9300 GIVING THEM THE LOCATION AND ALL OTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE. THE CHEMTREC OPERATOR WILL FURNISH YOU WILL ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION TO RELAY TO THE TROOPER WHO HAS BEEN DISPATCHED OR ON THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT. .... THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD, ATLANTA, GEORGIA, SHALL BE NOTIFIED OF THE ACCIDENT. ...

From: State of Florida, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
To: NTSB
Date: 4/23/1990
Response: Review dispa,tcher training and, as necessary, modify instructions to /confirm that responders are provided all available vital information pertaining to hazardous materials involved in accidents. (Class II, Priority Action) (I-90-17) The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Federal Register 1910.120 requires all police officers in the country attend a Hazardous Material Response Training course by March 31, 1990. This training has been completed by the Florida Highway Patrol for all sworn positions. As part of this 'training, the Emergency Response Guide Book published by the .S. Department of Transportation was reviewed and given to each prson attending. Training for ~the Patrol's auxiliary personnel is now being conducted throughout the state with a completion target date of April 30, 1990. Training for ithe Patrol duty officers will be accomplished by training at the local level and training during basic duty officer school conducted at the FHP Training Academy.