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US paint shipper’s brush with the law

US paint shipper’s brush with the law

PAINT can be a dangerous, often highly flammable product.

Oil-based examples may contain flammable components, such as methanol, ketones and toluene which, when in contact with high heat or flame, can ignite and cause an explosion or start a fire.

Not surprisingly, its carriage on commercial aircraft is rigorously regulated, writes Nigel Tomkins.

That is why the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a US$54,000 civil penalty against the Carboline Company of St. Louis for allegedly glossing over hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA claims that Carboline shipped a cardboard box containing two containers of flammable paint to FedEx for overnight delivery from St Louis to Elmendorf, Texas.

The package was transported on a domestic US FedEx flight from Memphis to San Antonio where workers at the FedEx sorting centre discovered the shipment was leaking.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, no clips had been used to secure the lids on the paint cans.

The FAA alleges that the shipment was not accompanied by a shipper’s declaration of dangerous goods, and was not properly classed, described, marked or labeled.

The regulator further alleges that Carboline failed to properly package the paint shipment to prevent a release of hazardous materials under normal transportation conditions.

Additionally, the FAA says Carboline failed to provide emergency response information with the shipment.

Carboline has been given 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the allegations.

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