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
This happened a little over a year ago, when one of our barrels was pierced by a piece of equipment, and back then, we had absolutely no way of stopping such a leak, so we had to use a manual pump to transfer the liquid from the pierced barrel into a new one. Fortunately it was not a dangerous product, or else I cannot imagine what the consequences could have been, had we been dealing with a hydrocarbon or any other flammable substance.” Every week I receive an email focusing on health and safety and this one spiked my interest and curiosity. There was an ad for a product that had just been on the popular TV show “Dragons’ Den” that was intended to do just that, stop leaks quickly. I directly went to take a look at the demonstration video and see who I could buy this product from, to realize it had been on the market for quite some time already. I bought a 3 unit kit of a product called The RuptureSeal™. Now, we are definitely ready to avoid these types of accidents and prevent any major leaks from happening. I recommend this product to all companies who wish to be proactive in preserving the environment.”
Donald Lamarche, Deputy of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment, Hemmingford Aerospace, QC, Canada.
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