WASHINGTON (CN) – Two agencies have proposed that trucks transporting explosives be better attended when the truck driver is absent.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plan to designate a National Fire Protection Association standard for the construction and maintenance of safe havens used for unattended storage of high level explosives.
The explosives at issue are designated Division 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 explosives, which include grenades, nitroglycerin, rockets, projectiles and ammunition tracers.
The safe havens proposed would be away from bridges, tunnels, buildings and places where people congregate, and electric lines. Safe havens would be attended by people trained in emergency response procedures, and generally would not allow sparks, flames, smoking, weapons, cutting, welding, or operation of the engine or wiring during repairs.
The trucks would be inspected for problems that could ignite a fire, and the haven would have fire protection equipment and a vehicle that can move trailers full of explosives, if necessary.
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