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... 1 Feasibility Study for Highway Hazardous Materials Bulk Package Accident Performance Data Collection Bulk packages are a common means of transporting hazardous materials. Accurately estimating the safety performance of these packages in an accident is critical in the evaluation of transportation risks.
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... 2• Bulk Container Damage Information. This information describes the severity of the accident and enables identification of components or locations that are prone to damage and/or release of hazardous materials; bulk container damage information also can be used as a proxy for impact energy and forces involved in the accident.
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... 3 • An industry-sponsored extension of Form DOT F 5800.1 that collects all information required to evaluate component performance, with voluntary participation. • A government-sponsored new database (independent of Form DOT F 5800.1)
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... 4Although the pilot study did not have sample sizes sufficient to evaluate performance based on bulk package design, the information offered a preliminary understanding of component performance by location on the tank, under various accident scenarios. For example, a single incident could damage components in different areas of a tank; therefore, a component in one location might be less likely than one located in another area of the tank to result in a release of hazardous materials.
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... 5 • Damage locations of the rear head below the centerline; the bottom middle, top middle, and/or top front driver-side; and/or the bottom front, top front, and top rear passenger-side. • Whether the bulk package struck the guardrail.
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... 6include taking photos before removing the bulk package. In addition, if damage information must initially be estimated due to a lack of access to equipment following the accident, carriers should be allowed, and even encouraged, to revise that information when they are able to access the accident scene.

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