Internet Retailer Prosecuted by the CAA
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) prosecuted an online retailer who sold and shipped two one litre bottles of drain cleaner by air to a customer in Jersey. The bottles were carried by air from Bournemouth Airport to Jersey the package split open and injured two postal workers. The drain cleaners contained Sulphuric acid UN1830 which is corrosive and therefore needs to be packed, marked, labelled and documented in accordance with the relevant regulations.
The shipper pleaded guilty to the offence at Bournemouth Magistrates Court and was fined £5000 plus compensation to the injured staff. The Magistrates also ordered the company to pay £12,000 costs to the CAA.