Aircraft Repair Station Operator Eaton Corp. Facing $173,100 FAA Fine

Aircraft Repair Station Operator Eaton Corp. Facing $173,100 FAA Fine
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July 24, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $173,100 civil penalty against Eaton Corporation Aerospace Operations for allegedly violating drug and alcohol testing regulations.

The FAA alleges that Eaton Corp., which operates aircraft repair stations, failed to include six employees who performed safety-sensitive work in random drug and alcohol testing pools. Five of the six employees allegedly performed air carrier maintenance when they were not in the pools.

Additionally, the FAA alleges that Eaton Corp. failed to conduct pre-employment drug tests before transferring two employees into safety-sensitive positions, and failed to ask two employees if they had tested positive on a Department of Transportation (DOT) pre-employment drug or alcohol test or refused to take such a test within the past two years.

Furthermore, the FAA alleges that Eaton Corp. failed to retest all employees who received negative drug test results that indicated they had consumed large amounts of water beforehand, use DOT testing forms for six employees, and ensure that its testing laboratory provided required statistical testing summaries.

The FAA says that Eaton Corp. has requested to meet with the agency to discuss the case.