Monday, August 13, 2012

US Says FedEx Broke Rules on Hazardous Shipments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. safety regulators are seeking a $681,200 civil penalty against FedEx, saying that the package-delivery company violated rules on shipping hazardous material two years ago.

Paperwork on several dozen shipments failed to properly describe the nature or amount of material being shipped, according to regulators.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that the violations occurred around the country and were discovered during an inspection of FedEx operations in the Los Angeles area.

The FAA said FedEx failed to give pilots accurate information about hazardous shipments on 19 flights to and from Los Angeles in August 2010. It said FedEx also failed to document hazardous-materials training and testing for three people whose jobs included accepting shipments.

FedEx Corp. did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It has 30 days to respond to the FAA. Airlines and cargo companies frequently negotiate lower penalties with the agency.

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