Schneider's Bulk division staged three scenarios for local haz-mat teams to address:
• a tanker has flipped and is leaking corrosive chemicals
• a tanker at rest has broken through the concrete underneath it, is down at the nose and is leaking
• a tanker has been impacted from the side by a small van
Teams worked through the scenarios while three Schneider instructors, each certified in haz-mat response, monitored their activities and provided feedback about how each situation was handled. They also briefed the teams on the latest equipment used for sealing tankers.
The day after the exercise, Schneider brought several customer service and operations support associates to the site to get a firsthand look at a live haz-mat incident in order for them to gain an understanding of what a driver faces when these types of accidents occur.
The northeast Wisconsin haz-mat exercise is an example of the company's involvement in community emergency preparedness training. Similar events are held throughout the year in other parts of the country.
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