White Marsh truck firm rolls into trouble

September 21, 1995|By Suzanne Wooton | Suzanne Wooton,SUN STAFF

After an investigation that revealed more than 150 safety violations, federal regulators have ordered a White Marsh trucking company to stop interstate operations.

Federal authorities said the investigation of Leo J. Umerley Inc., located on Philadelphia Road, showed that a driver who tested positive for drugs was allowed to operate, and that another employee was driving even though he had failed the required vision standards.

In addition, the company falsified records in an apparent attempt to conceal the number of hours a driver worked before getting rest.

The order by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Motor Carriers on Monday resulted from a recent on-site investigation by federal regulators and the Maryland State Police.

A representative of Umerley was not available for comment yesterday.

The company, which employs 31 drivers, moves general freight, building materials and dry bulk commodities on the East Coast. Federal authorities said it had been the subject of four other enforcement actions since 1990, resulting in penalties totaling $75,600.

According to federal regulators, the company will now be monitored in an effort to ensure that it does not operate until it eliminates the unsafe practices and establishes safety management systems.

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