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How smart hazmat containers can prevent toxic spills

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2015 | Workers' Compensation

Workers in New Jersey who are involved in the transportation of hazardous materials are at risk if the contents are not properly handled. When hazardous materials are mishandled, they can also cause injuries to bystanders. To mitigate the risk of injuries, employers can create a chain of custody using container security devices.

“Chain of custody” is a legal term that refers to the documentation used to account for the movement of evidence. Every time a piece of evidence changes hands, the process must be documented so that the evidence is not lost or tampered with. When smart hazmat containers are transported, they can provide information automatically through a smartphone app in order to ensure that there is a recorded and responsible chain of custody.

Using a smart hazmat container, employees can receive electronic notifications about the contents and internal environment of the container, and they can remain informed about the container’s movements, route and arrival at a location. The container can also detect whether it has been opened, and it can send notifications to workers if it deviates from its intended course. A smart hazmat container can reduce the chances of a spill or security breach and ensure that workers are able to respond quickly when there is a problem.

A worker who has been injured on the job by hazardous materials may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits after the accident. These benefits can consist of the provision of medical care and treatment and a percentage of lost wages. In some cases where the accident was caused by the negligence of a non-employer third party, it may be possible to pursue a separate cause of action for damages as well.