FAA Fines Oklahoma Shipper $63K for Hazmat Violations

Posted on 6/30/2017 by Roger Marks

US FAA issued a press release to announce hazmat enforcement action against an Oklahoma shipper who allegedly offered a corrosive liquid product for air transport. When the shipment was discovered to be leaking at a UPS sorting facility in Austin, TX, workers reported the incident to FAA.

According to FAA’s release, the company did not provide legally required hazmat training for its employees. In addition—and unsurprisingly, given a lack of hazmat training—the shipment was not properly marked, labeled, packaged, described, or documented.

Lastly, the company did not provide emergency response information with the shipment, as required by US DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).



$63,000 – FAA’s Favorite Number? FAA raised its hazmat penalties earlier this year. While fines for hazmat shipping mistakes are now as high as $78,376 per day, per violation, US FAA seems to have an affinity for the number $63,000 lately.

Last month, a paint and coatings shipper from Texas was fined $63,000 for alleged hazmat shipping mistakes, including failure to provide hazmat training for employees.

In January, we reported that FAA fined an air shipper $63,000 for offering a corrosive wood cleaner as undeclared hazmat.

In July 2015, FAA fined a lithium battery shipper $63,000. This company also failed to provide hazmat training for employees.

Live Webinar: IATA DGR Training Trusted Nationwide

Learn the latest IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations requirements that hazmat air shippers must know to defend your business from costly FAA fines, rejected shipments, and leaking packages. IATA requires training for all hazmat/dangerous goods air shippers once every 24 months [IATA DGR 1.5].

On July 11, join a full-time Lion hazmat instructor for live IATA DGR training webinar. Train from any internet connection and meet IATA’s training requirement for all hazmat air shipping managers and personnel.  Seats are limited! Sign up here: Hazmat Air Shipper Certification Webinar.

See more hazmat training options or learn more about the IATA hazmat training requirements here

Tags: DOT, FAA, fines and penalties, hazmat shipping

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

Much better than my previous class with another company. The Lion instructor made sense, kept me awake and made me laugh!

Marti Severs

Enterprise Safety Manager

The instructor was excellent. They knew all of the material without having to read from a notepad or computer.

Gary Hartzell

Warehouse Supervisor

My experience with Lion classes has always been good. Lion Technology always covers the EPA requirements I must follow.

Steven Erlandson

Environmental Coordinator

The instructor was very knowledgeable and provided pertinent information above and beyond the questions that were asked.

Johnny Barton

Logistics Coordinator

I have been to other training companies, but Lion’s material is much better and easier to understand.

Mark Abell

Regional Manager

The instructor's energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the subject make the class a great learning experience!

Brian Martinez

Warehouse Operator

Lion's information is very thorough and accurate. Presenter was very good.

Melissa Little

Regulatory Manager

Lion courses always set the bar for content, reference, and practical application. Membership and access to the experts is an added bonus.

John Brown, CSP

Director of Safety & Env Affairs

These are the best commercial course references I have seen (10+ years). Great job!

Ed Grzybowski

EHS & Facility Engineer

Excellent class, super instructor, very easy to follow. No rushing through material. Would like to take his class again.

Lawrence Patterson

EH&S Facility Maintenance & Security Manager

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Get to know the top 5 changes to OSHA’s revised GHS Hazard Communication Standard at 29 CFR 1910.1200 and how the updates impacts employee safety at your facility.

Latest Whitepaper

By submitting your phone number, you agree to receive recurring marketing and training text messages. Consent to receive text messages is not required for any purchases. Text STOP at any time to cancel. Message and data rates may apply. View our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.