Sears Faces $533,000 Fine from FAA for Hazardous Materials Violation

Sears Faces $533,000 Fine from FAA for Hazardous Materials Violation
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January 19, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $533,000 civil penalty against Sears Holdings Management Corp. for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.

The FAA alleges that on December 20, 2012, Sears submitted 27 boxes to the United Parcel Service (UPS) for air transportation to various locations in the United States. Each box contained one DieHard Portable Power Supply that encased a non-spillable battery.

Workers at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Kentucky discovered that six of the corrosive shipments were vibrating and one was warm to the touch.

The FAA alleges that Sears failed to package the batteries in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations to prevent unintentional activation. The agency also alleges that the shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of its contents, and was not marked or labeled.

Additionally, the FAA alleges, Sears presented the boxes for shipment without providing emergency response information and failed to ensure that its employees had received required hazardous materials training.

"Shippers must be vigilant when packaging hazardous materials," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "They must carefully follow all the regulations to ensure the safe transportation of hazardous goods aboard aircraft."

Sears has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency.