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FAA Issues $120K Fine Against Multinational Hazmat Shipping Provider

Posted on 2/3/2020 by Lauren Scott

A household name for shipping services was issued a $120,000 civil penalty by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for allegedly violating hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that the shipping company knowingly offered a shipment containing improperly packaged lithium batteries to the company’s airlines for transportation by air from Ontario, CA, to Louisville, KY, on Nov. 15, 2018.

Employees at the Louisville facility reported that the shipment contained multiple, loosely packed batteries that had no protection from short circuit. Some of these lithium batteries were allegedly damaged and/or in a reactive state, according to FAA.

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FAA also alleges the shipment was not accompanied by a Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods nor was the shipment properly labeled to indicate the hazardous nature of its contents.

Lithium-ion batteries that are damaged, defective, and likely to generate a dangerous evolution of heat are forbidden for air transportation on cargo and passenger-carrying aircraft.

Read more: What's So Dangerous About Lithium Batteries?

The Atlanta, Georgia-based shipper has been given 30 days to respond to the enforcement letter.

Shipping Lithium Batteries Online Training: Now with Closed Captions

Be confident you know how to properly ship lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries by ground, air, and vessel with Lion’s Shipping Lithium Batteries online training. Learn at your own pace, and pause/resume as needed to fit lithium battery training into your schedule. This course is now complete with optional closed captions so everyone can get the full benefit of training, even in a noisy facility.

US DOT requires hazmat training for all employees who can impact the safety of hazardous materials in transport–including lithium batteries (49 CFR 172.704). 

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