Lithium Battery Shipper to Pay $1.1M for Alleged Hazmat Violations
According to FAA’s press release, one of the batteries caught fire and destroyed a FedEx truck during ground transportation—after being unloaded from an airplane.
After being informed by US FAA that lithium batteries offered for transport must meet UN testing standards per domestic and international standards, the company allegedly continued shipping for weeks.
FAA claims this is the largest ever civil penalty issued for hazardous materials violations relating to lithium batteries shipped by air.
Watch the video below to find out how lithium batteries become a safety hazard.
Why Are Lithium Batteries Hazmat?
The unique hazards posed by lithium batteries—in transportation, in the workplace, and in the home—are well documented. In November this year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued recalls of 7 brands of lithium-battery powered “hoverboards” due to the possibility of smoke, fire, and explosion hazards.
In September, an employee at a medical device company carried 142 lithium-metal batteries in his checked luggage, prompting a $50,000 hazmat civil penalty for his employer. This FAA hazmat penalty underscores the importance of hazmat awareness—even among employees who work outside the warehouse or shipping facility.
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Full hazmat training to ship lithium batteries by ground, air, or vessel is now available as both an online course and an exclusive classroom workshop at Lion’s New Jersey Training Center. Meet US DOT, IATA DGR, and IMDG Code DG training requirements and build the knowledge and skills to keep your shipments in compliance.
Shipping Lithium Batteries—Online or Live in North Jersey!
Join us at the NJ Training Center for this exclusive lithium battery hazmat training! On February 8, learn the latest rules for offering lithium batteries for ground, air, or vessel transport. Satisfy relevant training mandates for highway, air, and ocean shipping. [49 CFR 172.704, IATA DGR 1.5, and IMDG Code 1.3.1]
Shipping Lithium Batteries Workshop—February 8
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