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December 13, 2002

FAA Proposes $70,000 Penalty Against American LaFrance for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration,
Southern Region, has proposed to assess
a $70,000 civil penalty against
American LaFrance Corp. of Cleveland,
NC, for allegedly violating Department
of Transportation hazardous materials

The FAA alleges that on January 11,
2002, American LaFrance improperly
offered a fiberboard box containing two
one-gallon metal containers of primer
and six one-pint glass bottles of
accelerator, which are flammable
liquids, to Federal Express (FedEx) for
transportation by air. Ground handling
employees at the FedEx sort facility in
Ocala, FL, discovered the shipment

American LaFrance offered the hazardous
materials for transportation when they
were not packaged, marked, classed,
described, documented, or in condition
for shipment as required by
regulations. American LaFrance also
failed to ensure employees were trained
to properly package and handle
hazardous materials, and did not make
available at all times the required
emergency response information.

American LaFrance had 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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