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Press Release – FAA Proposes $70,000 Penalty Against Suitt Construction for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

March 18, 2003
Contact: Christopher White
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Suitt Construction Company of Greenville, SC, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on January 24, 2002, Suitt Construction improperly offered a fiberboard box containing a gasoline-powered concrete cutting saw, a hazardous material by virture of its being powered by gasoline, a flammable liquid, inside to Federal Express (FedEx) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Greer, SC, discovered the shipment leaking.

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

Suitt Construction 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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