For Immediate Release
March 24, 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 $72,000 civil penalty against the Paul H. Gesswein Co. of Bridgeport, CT, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.
The FAA alleges that on January 31, 2001, Gesswein Co. improperly offered a fiberboard box containing six, 2-ounce glass containers of paint, which is 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.
Gesswein Co. offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Gesswein Co. also did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.
Gesswein Co. 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.