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Essex firm guilty of dangerous goods breach

[ March 12, 2014   //   ]

Essex-based medical device firm LE West was fined £3,000 plus costs at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 11 March for attempting to airfreight incorrectly packaged lithium batteries from Stansted t in May 2013.

The court was told that the company had tried to send four lithium manganese dioxide battery packs in medical defibrillators to Portugal without using an approved container or marking, or declaring the shipment as containing dangerous goods. 

A UPS employee detected the consignment before it was loaded on to one of its cargo aircraft and reported the incident to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which brought the prosecution. 

LE West said it was improving staff training and management to prevent a recurrence.

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