For Immediate Release

February 8, 2002
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Wiginton Fire Sprinklers of Longwood, Fla., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that on or about June 30, 1999, Wiginton Fire Sprinklers improperly offered a fiberboard box containing one one-gallon can of "Sherwin Williams Opex Lacquer" paint, a flammable liquid, to Federal Express for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the Federal Express sort facility in Orlando, Fla., discovered the shipment leaking.

Wiginton Fire Sprinklers offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Wiginton Fire Sprinklers 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.

Wiginton Fire Sprinklers 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.

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