As EquipmentShare’s director of operations for Advanced Solutions, Tripp Brown has products to help construction companies handle hazardous material spills. He would prefer to recommend products that prevent spills in the first place.
"We have the equipment and solutions necessary to assist you in the clean up and remediation of a hazardous material spill, but we would much rather have a conversation around what we offer to prevent them," Brown said.
Hazardous materials can be released by accident, fire or natural disaster, and they can cause serious damage to people, property and the environment. To minimize the risk, EquipmentShare sells and rents preventative medicine for jobsites.
Double-walled fuel tanks: Every tank EquipmentShare offers — from the relatively petite 550-gallon drum to the 20,000-gallon behemoth — is a container within a container. If the inner fuel cell leaks, it collects in the “interstitial space” between the walls rather than seeping into the ground.
Fluid-management devices: Each pump and generator EquipmentShare rents is outfitted with an oil evacuation system that takes the dirty work out of oil changes. “It makes it impossible to spill a drop of oil,” Brown said. “You couple the hose to the empty drain line, and it pulls all the oil out, then you couple the clean fill oil to the fill line and it fills up the engine with oil.”
Spill-containment berms: These flexible plastic mats go under fuel tanks, vehicles and machinery — anything that could leak. The edges fold up to create a swimming pool that contains any fluids.
Accidents do happen even on safe jobsites, and when they do, EquipmentShare offers products that can contain and clean up the mess.
Excavators: When contaminated ground needs to be removed, excavators — which range in size from mini to large — can do the digging.
Chemical-resistant pumps: Specifically designed for hazardous chemicals, these stainless steel or polyethylene pumps and hoses can handle highly acidic or alkaline fluids.
Filtration vessels: Contaminated water can be pumped into these filters that trap oil, fuel or other pollutants and allow clean water to pass through.
Air filters: After water recedes in a flood, it can leave behind dangerous mold. Filters can remove airborne mold spores, and coupled with dehumidifiers, can make damp rooms dry and safe.
Gas monitors: Also known as sniffers, these devices detect the presence of harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide and benzyne.
Hazardous waste bags: After containing a spill, the contaminated material has to be disposed of at an appropriate landfill. “We have bags to do that all the way up to nuclear waste,” Brown said, “so there’s nothing we can’t handle.”
Would you like to know more about EquipmentShare’s Advanced Solutions offerings? Visit our website at: https://www.equipmentshare.com/rent#advanced