For Immediate Release
July 17, 2001
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180
The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $52,500 civil penalty against Sygnet Communications of Oklahoma City, Okla., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.
The FAA alleges that Sygnet Communications improperly offered a fiberboard box holding one 14-ounce aerosol can containing "Sprayon Cold Galvanizing Compound" to UPS for transportation by air. Aerosol cans contain flammable gas, a hazardous material. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.
Sygnet Communications offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Sygnet Communications, Inc. also failed to ensure that employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.
Sygnet Communications has 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.