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February 8, 2002

FAA Proposes $70,000 Penalty Against Wiginton Fire Sprinklers for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Wiginton Fire
Sprinklers of Longwood, Fla., for allegedly violating Department of
Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that on or about June 30, 1999, Wiginton Fire
Sprinklers improperly offered a fiberboard box containing one
one-gallon can of "Sherwin Williams Opex Lacquer" paint, a
flammable liquid, to Federal Express for transportation by air.
Ground handling employees at the Federal Express sort facility in
Orlando, Fla., discovered the shipment leaking.

Wiginton Fire Sprinklers offered the hazardous material for
transportation when it was not packaged, labeled, marked,
classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as
required by regulations. Wiginton Fire Sprinklers Inc. also failed to
ensure that employees were trained to properly package and
handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all
times the required emergency response information.

Wiginton Fire Sprinklers has 30 days from receipt of the FAA
notice to submit a reply to the agency. This announcement is
made in accordance with the FAA's practice of releasing
information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions
involving penalties of $50,000 or more.


--This story is posted courtesy FAA

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