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FAA Fines Food Service Co. $54,000 for HMR Violations

Posted on 8/24/2016 by Roger Marks

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week announced a $54,000 civil penalty against a Wyoming, Michigan food services company for violations of hazmat shipping regulations.
The violation, which occurred in 2014, stemmed from a shipment of fryer boil foaming tablets (or “pucks”).

The company allegedly offered thirty of these tablets for air transport from Plant City, FL to Greensboro, NC. Typically used by restaurants, these fryer tablets are made from sodium hydroxide, a corrosive substance known to cause eye and skin burns. The fryer pucks are also toxic if swallowed and can cause respiratory irritation when inhaled. 

Alleged Hazmat Shipping Violations

According to an FAA press release, the shipper failed to properly train employees who prepared the hazmat air shipment. Other violations included failure to mark and label the boxes and not correctly documenting the amount, type, and hazards of the material on hazmat shipping papers. In addition, the shipper failed to provide emergency response information with the shipment.

FAA is one of many US DOT branches responsible for enforcing the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). Earlier this year, US DOT increased the penalties for hazmat shipping violations, which now top out at $77,114 per day, per violation. Failure to train hazmat employees carries a minimum fine $463 per employee, per day.   

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