FireEngineering.com reports that the United States Department of Transportation will conduct a nationwide roadside inspection sweep of large commercial vehicles transporting fireworks that have been classified as Class 1 Explosives. The sweep, which began June 28 and will run through July 8, will examine the driver, vehicle, as well as, hazardous materials loads in an effort to help prevent unnecessary accidents and fatalities due to the unsafe transport of fireworks.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that the United States Department of Transportation, along with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will conduct the roadside inspections in order to ensure that large commercial vehicles transporting the dangerous materials are operating in full compliance with federal and state safety standards. The agency will take in account safety permits, shipping papers, placards, load securement, packaging, marking, labels, as well as, all additional requirements for the transportation of Class 1 Explosives.
Additionally, the United States Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, as well as, the Federal Aviation Administration have issued safety information geared towards consumers and commercial operators about how to safely handle and transport fireworks. The safety alerts covers a wide variety of areas, including the transport of consumer fireworks – which are considered explosives that are covered by the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The alert outlines the requirements for the explosives – such as proper labeling and packaging.
Our Chicago trucking accident attorneys learned that consumers may go online to the Pipeline and Hazardous Material’s Safety Administration’s website to find the following resources for transporting fireworks and hazardous materials:
– Inspection guidance for Class 1 Hazardous Materials Shipments – Explosive Approvals – Regulatory Guidelines for Shipping and Transporting Fireworks – Consumer Fireworks Advisory Safety Letter – Getting Fireworks Home Safely in Your Vehicle
– Safety Guidance for Shipping Consumer Fireworks
Our Illinois truck accident attorneys are pleased to learn that the United States Department of Transportation has put forth such a great effort to ensure that the safety of the public remains intact during the up-and-coming holiday. Accidents involving commercial vehicles transporting fireworks can result in tragic consequences if proper safety measures are not adhered to.
If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident or have lost a loved one, please contact our attorneys as soon as possible. Our attorneys at Levin & Perconti will provide a free initial consultation to help determine what legal rights and relief may be available to you.