$350,000 down the drain

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a US$350,000 penalty against leading online retailer Amazon after the company illegally shipped corrosive drain cleaner.

The FAA is alleging that Amazon presented a one-gallon container of ‘Amazing! LIQUID FIRE,’ drain cleaner to United Parcel Service for transportation by air, without the appropriate packaging, labelling, and Dangerous Goods documentation.

During transportation, the shipment leaked through the fibreboard box with nine UPS employees reporting ‘a burning sensation’ after coming into contact with the corrosive substance. The workers were treated with a chemical wash and didn’t sustain serious injuries.

The FAA said Amazon had a history of breaching hazardous material regulations noting 24 other occurrences in the company’s history.

Amazon has 30 days to respond to the FAA.

In Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has launched the ‘Can I pack that?’ Dangerous Goods app, educating the travelling public about what items can and can’t be packed in passenger luggage. And, if it can be brought onboard, provide guidance on how to do it safely.

More information about the safe transportation of Dangerous Goods in Australia can be found via CASA’s website.


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