How a Disaster Sparked Innovation

When RuptureSeal™ founder and inventor Glenn Cox was a police officer stationed on Canada’s Vancouver Island, he was called to a remote highway accident where a tanker truck had overturned and was leaking diesel fuel from a 2-inch punctured saddle tank. The response time for the Department of Environmental Emergency Response was estimated at two to three hours, and the local fire department lacked sufficient equipment to stop the leak.

 

As the Department of Transportation arrived, they set about constructing a dirt berm to stop the spread of fuel to a nearby river. While this work was underway, the Provincial Department of Environmental Emergency Response arrived. Their spill specialist immediately mixed a granular product with water and kneaded it into a large piece of putty. While being sprayed by diesel fuel, the specialist approached the damaged truck, shoved the putty into the rupture, placed a small piece of plywood behind it, and then propped a long-handled shovel behind it to hold it all in place. The leak was reduced to a trickle, but by then several hundred gallons of fuel had leaked into the environment, costing thousands of dollars in clean up.

This sparked an idea. Cox rendered a rough sketch in a notepad and the concept that would become RuptureSeal™ began to take shape.

As opposed to other spill control, spill containment and environmental health and safety products designed to minimize chemical or fuel leaks caused by punctures, RuptureSeal™ is reliable, durable, easily deployed in seconds and forms a secure mechanical seal that stops the leak for hours. 

 

 




 

Testimonials on usage of the Rupture Seal
We were called to a tractor trailer crash on July 2, 2014 where we discovered that a saddle tank was still leaking. We used the RuptureSeal™ to bring the leak to a small drip. I believe this is a tool that every towing and trucking company should have on hand to prevent or limit a spill when possible. The cost to clean up this spill was $42,000 - if the RuptureSeal™ would have been used earlier, the cost would have been much less!
Bill Pearl, Operations Manager, S&V Delta Towing Cambridge, Ontario
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Sherwood, Charlottetown
Prince Edward Island
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