Aircraft Repair Company Facing FAA Penalty for Drug and Alcohol Testing Violations

Aircraft Repair Company Facing FAA Penalty for Drug and Alcohol Testing Violations
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August 18, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $380,600 civil penalty against Leading Edge Aviation Services of Victorville, Calif., for allegedly violating federal drug and alcohol testing regulations.

The FAA alleges that the aircraft repair station hired 29 people for safety-sensitive positions but did not include them in the company's random drug and alcohol testing pools either for months after they were hired or during their entire periods of employment.

Additionally, the FAA alleges that the company failed to ask 18 safety-sensitive employees whether they had tested positive or refused to take a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) pre-employment drug or alcohol test at other companies they had applied to for safety-sensitive transportation work during the previous two years.

The agency further alleges that Leading Edge Aviation hired six people for safety-sensitive positions before it received verified negative pre-employment drug tests for them. The FAA says that of the six employees performed safety-sensitive work, despite the fact that the company never received a verified negative pre-employment drug test for him.

Finally, the FAA alleges that Leading Edge used DOT forms to document non-DOT drug tests for three employees and used a non-DOT form to document urine collection for another employee.

The FAA says that Leading Edge has been in communication with the agency about the violations.