The FAA has proposed a $173,100 civil penalty against US firm Eaton Aerospace for failing to conduct random drug and alcohol tests on six of its employees.
The FAA alleges that five of the six Eaton employees performed aircraft maintenance despite not being part of the drug testing pools.
In addition, the FAA alleges Eaton 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 in drug or alcohol tests or refused to take such a test within the past two years.
It is also alleged that Eaton failed to retest all employees who received negative drug test results indicating they had consumed large amounts of water beforehand. In response, Eaton has requested to meet with the FAA to discuss the case.