Cleaning Up Road Spills in Australia

Cleaning the road spillsSpills on roads can be extremely dangerous, as they could cause passing drivers to lose control of their vehicles, leading to potentially fatal crashes. While Australian transport companies follow strict safety regulations to prevent spillage, accidents still happen.

In case of a major spill, whether it is oil, fuel, chemicals or some other substance, the Australian government has a contingency plan available to quickly contain contaminated areas and to prevent accidents.

It usually involves traffic diversion and an extensive clean up procedure, which may involve the use of industrial spill absorbents, booms, and banks of soil.

Traffic Management

Once the spill has been located, responders must close off the area and divert traffic to another area. Depending on the extent of the spill, responders may choose to close off just one lane or close off an entire road.

Earlier this year in June, two southbound lanes at Karen were closed due to a serious truck accident resulting in a large oil spill. They had to reroute motorists from the M1 Pacific Motorway, urging them to pass through Peats Ridge Rd and the Old Pacific Highway instead while the clean-up operation was under-way.

In July 2017, responders had to close off the Killarney Gap Road in Bingara, New South Wales due to a hazardous chemical spill caused by a truck roll-over.

Clean-up crews must be able to manage traffic effectively and give motorists alternative routes. They must also coordinate with the local media to give motorists and commuters early warning of any road closures. The use of traffic signs, barriers and cones help prevent anyone from driving into an affected area.

Road Clean-up of Spills

The clean-up crew must first contain the spill to prevent any harmful chemicals from spreading further and contaminating the local environment. The use of absorbent booms help control the spill, while turbidity curtains prevent water contamination in case the accident site is somewhere near a body of water.

The use of absorbent pillows and pads help soak up any fluid. In case of ground pollution, clean-up crews may need an excavator to remove contaminated soil. All contaminated materials should be disposed of in a manner suited to the spilt substance.

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