As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads across the United States, regular travel and transportation is restricted in many jurisdictions. The border is now closed to Canada, except for essential travel, including the transportation of goods. We might continue to see travel restrictions tighten as things progress, but for our truckers, they are working hard to maintain the transport of goods.
Pro-Tow Responds to a Diesel Fuel Spill Containment Emergency in Tacoma, Washington.
When there is a hazardous spill caused by a semi-truck accident, an immediate response is required to reduce environmental impact. On August 2, 2016, after refueling, this semi truck’s trailer disconnected from the tractor, causing it to smash into the road and damage the diesel fuel tank.
Diesel had spilled and Pro-Tow was among many first responders on the scene including the Fife Fire Department, Fife Police Department, Fife Public Works, Department of Ecology and Love’s Truck Stop. Thanks to everyone quick response and hard work, the spill was contained, and no diesel leaked into nearby storm drains and waterways.
Why is fast response so important with semi-truck spill recovery?
Simply put, you need to get the contaminant clean up quickly to reduce damage to the environment. A spill can contaminate waterways directly or through storm drains. It can also contaminate the ground and soil. If you get it contained before that happens, recovery will be far less extensive.
Not only is quick action better for the environment, it will also reduce your company’s spill recovery costs too. If you get it before it does too much damage, the clean up can be minimal.
What can a logistics company do to prepare for these kinds of accidents?
Any company that operates commercial vehicles should have a spill recovery plan in place. This plan should lay out the responsibilities of staff and include a list of emergency numbers to call. On this list of contacts, you should include emergency response, regulatory agencies, applicable environmental protection agencies and semi truck spill recovery contractors like Pro-Tow. This way, you’ll know exactly who to call and will have all the information required to respond quickly and accurately.
When you have Pro-Tow on your emergency spill response team, you can count on us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Working alongside fire, police, public works, and other agencies, we will access the situation, contain and clean up the spill as quickly as possible. To learn more about our spill recovery process, contact us.