October 22, 2014: FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against 5 Companies for Allegedly Violating Hazardous Materials Regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing civil penalties against five companies for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA has stated that their shipments were not accompanied by shipping papers that would indicate the hazardous nature of their contents. In addition, the shipments were not marked, labeled or packed in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The companies also failed to provide emergency response information and did not ensure their employees received the required hazardous materials training.
Quaker City Plating of Whittier, California is facing a $66,000 stemming from an incident on March 17, 2014. The company shipped a box containing five 1-gallon containers of paint on a FedEx cargo flight. Employees at the FedEx package sorting facility discovered the shipment was leaking.
Manufacturing LLC of Fremont, Ohio is faced with a $65,000 fine. On April 28, 2014 they offered to ship a box via FedEx containing six smaller packages that each held 1,000 bullets to Key West, Florida. FedEx workers discovered the package at the package sorting facility. Bullets are considered an explosives.
International Dental Supply of Hialeah, Florida is facing a $57,400 fine. On January 9, 2014 IDS shipped a package containing twenty 8-ounce bottles of acrylic on a UPS cargo flight to Puerto Rico. Acrylic is a hazardous flammable liquid. Workers that the UPS package sorting facility discovered the shipment leaking which was caused by IDS not properly packaging the bottles to prevent breakage or leakage.
Saudi Chem Crete Co. Ltd of Saudi Arabia is facing a $54,000 fine stemming from an incident on November 4, 2012. Saudi Chem Crete offered to UPS two 1-gallon containers and two 1-quart containers of epoxy resin for shipment by air from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Elmendorf, Texas. Epoxy resin is a corrosive liquid. The UPS workers at the package sorting facility discovered the shipment. The package contents exceeded the maximum amount of epoxy resin that can be shipped on board cargo aircraft.
Passport Health of Scottsdale, Arizona is facing a $54,000 fine. On October 30, 2014 they offered to ship three 2.5-ounce containers of flammable, liquid hand sanitizer via UPS. Workers at the UPS package sorting facility discovered the shipment.
To read the entire press release please visit the FAA Website