Occupational Health & Safety

FAA Fines 11 Companies $720,000 for Hazardous Cargo

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed civil penalties ranging from $54,000 to $91,000 against 11 companies for alleged violations of Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.

In all instances, the companies allegedly offered hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, marked, classed, described, labeled, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations.

Boston Scientific Corp. of Natick, Mass., received $91,000 in penalties for allegedly offering a fiberboard box containing medical-grade silicone fluid, a flammable liquid, to DHL for transportation by air from Costa Rica, to Boston Scientific headquarters, Oct. 23, 2009.

Federal Express of Memphis, Tenn., received $65,000 in penalties for allegedly accepting a fiberboard box containing an unspecified toxic, corrosive liquid classified as a poison, for transportation by air from Oxford, Ala., to Chino Calif., April 1, 2010. An FAA hazardous materials special agent identified the mislabeled shipment before it could be loaded on an aircraft.

Westfield Coatings Corp. of Westfield, Mass., received $78,000 in penalties for allegedly offering a fiberboard box containing paint, a flammable liquid, for transportation by air from Westfield to Hudson, N.C., Aug. 11, 2009.

Cardinal Health of Madison, Miss., received $91,000 in penalties for allegedly offering a fiberboard box containing skin care products containing alcohol, a flammable liquid, to DHL for air transportation on Sept. 11, 2009.

FAA proposed penalties totaling $395,000 against seven other companies for alleged hazmat violations. The companies have 30 days from receipt of FAA’s notice of proposed civil penalty to respond to the agency.

To see the complete list, go to http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=11678.

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