DOT Fines Welding Company $4 Million

11.12.2011
HR & Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has fined a cargo tank manufacturer nearly $4 million for violating federal hazardous materials safety standards. American Welding & Tank was cited for manufacturing and selling unsafe nurse tanks: a type of cargo tank used to store and transport anhydrous ammonia, a hazardous material used in farming operations.

FMCSA conducted an investigation of one of the company’s Ohio plants following reports of safety defects with recently manufactured nurse tanks. After investigating the company’s welding practices and safety records, the agency discovered a clear pattern of failure to manufacture, maintain, repair, and sell nurse tanks that meet federal standards.

FMCSA says safety is its highest priority and that it’s committed to protecting motorists from accidents involving the transport of hazardous materials. The fine sends a strong message that companies will face serious consequences when they do not make safety their top priority, notes the agency.

For more information on transporting hazardous materials: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/hazmat/hm-theme.htm

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