For Immediate Release

July 30, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $87,500 civil penalty against Forsheda AB of Forsheda, Sweden for alleged violations of Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA cited Forsheda for improperly offering for transportation by air, two one-quart metal cans of paint and paint-related materials, which are flammable liquids. The shipment was discovered leaking during the flight, and the crew was forced to don oxygen masks.

Forsheda offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, inspected, or in condition for shipment in accordance with regulations. Forsheda also failed to ensure that employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

Forsheda 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.

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