A Tennessee carrier has been placed out of service by the FMCSA for hauling Class 1 explosives while displaying such “complete and utter lack of compliance” with safety regulations, that the carrier continuing to operate would “substantially increase the likelihood of serious injury or death for its drivers and the motor public.”
The carrier, Rock City Stone Company, LLC, which does business as RC Stone & Farms, was hauling a large amount of explosives to a work site in Marion County, Tennessee. The non-placarded pickup truck that the company was using to haul the explosives was stopped by the Dunlap Police Department on TN-28 just south of Dunlap on March 23rd. When officers saw what was being transported, the Tennessee Highway Patrol was called in as well.
Authorities found multiple cases of Class 1 explosives including an ammonium nitrate-fuel oil mixture piled haphazardly in the truck bed next to metal pipes, tools, and toolboxes. Nearby in a cardboard box, they found detonators and detonating cord, as well as blasting caps. All of which are required to be stored separately from explosives in DOT-approved containers.
Not only did the driver of the vehicle not have a Hazmat endorsement, he didn’t even have a CDL. The truck didn’t have any of the proper placards. And the company didn’t even bother to prepare hazmat shipping papers.
According to the FMCSA, this wasn’t a one-time job for the company either. Since January of 2018, RC Stone & Farms has transported hazardous materials to approximately 44 blasting sites around Tennessee using the same system.
Because of the frequency and severity of the safety violations, the company may face civil or even criminal prosecution which could result in fines or even jail time.