For Immediate Release
October 23, 1998
Contact: John Clabes
FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today said it has proposed a $75,000 civil penalty against Sally Beauty Company of Denton, TX, for offering to ship flammable materials aboard a Federal Express aircraft in violation of several hazardous materials regulations.
The shipment, offered to FedEx in August, 1997, consisted of 12 glass containers filled with Ethyl Methacrylate, which is classified as a hazardous material. One bottle broke during shipment from the company in Denton to a FedEx ramp at D/FW airport. Employees detected a strong odor coming from the shipment and two employees became ill from the fumes. An FAA inspector was called in to investigate and found several hazamat violations associated with the shipment.
Sally Beauty had 30 days from receipt of the enforcement letter to respond to the FAA's proposal to assess the civil penalty. 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.