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February 3, 2003

FAA Proposes $59,500 Penalty Against Lawson Products, Inc. for Hazmat Violations

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

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.



--This story is posted courtesy FAA

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