For Immediate Release

December 13, 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 American LaFrance Corp. of Cleveland, NC, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on January 11, 2002, American LaFrance improperly offered a fiberboard box containing two one-gallon metal containers of primer and six one-pint glass bottles of accelerator, which are flammable liquids, to Federal Express (FedEx) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Ocala, FL, discovered the shipment leaking.

American LaFrance offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. American LaFrance also failed to ensure employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

American LaFrance had 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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