For Immediate Release
February 3, 2003
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $59,500 civil penalty against Lawson Products, Inc. of North Dallas, TX, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.
The FAA alleges that on April 15, 2002, Lawson Products improperly offered a fiberboard box containing four 32-ounce containers of galvanizing compound, 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.
Lawson Products offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Lawson Products 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.
Lawson Products 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.