Company fined for breaching Dangerous Goods Regulations

Date: 08 February 2001

A company has been fined £30,000 for breaching the UK Dangerous Goods Regulations, following a prosecution brought by the Civil Aviation Authority. It was also ordered to pay £28,500 costs.

Airinmar Ltd, of Finchampstead, Berkshire, was investigated by the CAA after a consignment containing a chemical oxygen generator, classed as dangerous goods, was illegally carried on a passenger aircraft. Airinmar Ltd is involved in the brokering of repairs of aircraft parts. The generator was sent to B F Goodrich, an aerospace parts and repairs company in Seattle, having arrived from London via San Francisco in June 1999. To comply with the law, the consignment should have been carried on a cargo aircraft and should have been properly packed, marked, labelled and documented.

On 1 February at Reading Crown Court, Berkshire, Airinmar Ltd admitted breaching the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations 1994. Regulation 4 (2) (c) states that: “A person shall not deliver or cause to be delivered for loading on or suspension beneath an aircraft any dangerous goods, which he knows or ought to know or suspect to be goods capable of posing significant risk to health, safety or property when carried by air, unless the Technical Instructions have been complied with and the package of those goods
is in a fit condition for carriage by air”.

Kaye Warner, Head of Civil Aviation Authority’s Dangerous Goods Department, said: “The rules regarding carriage of chemical oxygen generators are very clear.

“Following the Valujet accident in 1996 in which 110 people were killed, due to the improper carriage of chemical oxygen generators, these items are forbidden for carriage on passenger aircraft. They may be carried on cargo aircraft but only if they are properly packed, marked, labelled and documented.”

Miss Warner added: “While the offence here was very different from that in Valujet, Mr Recorder Flather QC was quite correct in saying that this was a most serious breach of the regulations.”

For further information contact Joss Kernick on 020 7453 6025.

Notes to Editors:
The Civil Aviation Authority employs a team of qualified inspectors to visit operators’ and ground handling agents’ premises as well as airport passenger terminals. Their task is to ensure that those handling dangerous goods comply with the regulations governing their organisation, procedures and staff training programmes.

Dangerous goods are defined as articles and substances capable of posing a significant risk to health, safety and property when transported by air and which are classified according to the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Technical Instructions For The Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods By Air.

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