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Press Release – FAA Proposes $84,000 Penalty Against Pennsylvania Company for Hazmat Violations

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 an $84,000 civil penalty against M.A. Bruder & Sons of Broomall, PA, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on September 21, 2000, Bruder & Sons improperly offered a fiberboard box containing three one- gallon metal cans of paint, a flammable liquid, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY discovered the shipment leaking.

Bruder & Sons offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Bruder & Sons 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.

Bruder & Sons 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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