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Hazardous Material Spill Containment Trailer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033690D
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 16K

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Abstract

Many hazardous materials, both liquids and solids, are transported on highways each day. During the loading and unloading process, the risk of compromising the container exists. This invention is a trailer that has a built-in catch pan to contain any spills. This pan is located below the trailer floor. It works by permitting the material to drain from the trailer floor into secondary containment within the trailer bed.

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Hazardous Material Spill Containment Trailer

Many hazardous materials, both liquids and solids, are transported on highways each day.  During the loading and unloading process, the risk of compromising the container exists.  Most times the hazardous material does not have any type of secondary containment and can easily spill from the container into the trailer and into the environment.  Individual secondary containment skids are available, but are typically not used because they are expensive, take up a significant amount of space in the trailer, and often times cannot easily accommodate a skid.

A spill that leaves the trailer poses risks to people, property and the environment.  These spills can be very costly to remediate.

This invention is a trailer that has a built-in catch pan to contain any spills.  This pan is located below the trailer floor.  It works by permitting the material to drain from the trailer floor into  secondary containment  within the trailer bed.

The trailer floor consists of a series of openings or holes located throughout the floor.  It can range from a honeycomb design, to a type of grating, to a sloped floor that drains to a central location that leads to the secondary containment bed that keeps the spilled material from reaching the ground.

The secondary containment bed is an impervious material that will hold approximately 100-500 gallons.  It will be slightly sloped to a central drain that will enable the emptying and cleaning of the...