OSHA Finds USPS Workplace Safety Hazards

 
Thursday, August 18, 2016
 
On Aug. 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued one other-than-serious violation and five repeated violations to the U.S. Postal Service LLC, doing business as Silver Spring MPO Carr Annex Hotel.

OSHA began the inspection on Feb. 4, 2016, in response to a complaint alleging blocked exits, tripping and fall hazards.

The agency found recordkeeping and housekeeping violations, exit signs not posted, electrical equipment improperly used, locked and blocked exits and fall hazards, resulting in the citations.

“The Postal Service has a responsibility to provide its employees with safe and healthful workplaces. But the hazards we found at the Silver Spring location show that it continues to expose workers to powered industrial equipment hazards, blocked exits, and fall hazards,” said Nadira Janack, director at OSHA’s Baltimore Area Office. “Each year thousands of workers are injured – some fatally – by electrical hazards in the workplace. Putting workers’ lives in danger is unacceptable and the Postal Service needs to re-evaluate this facility and correct these hazards immediately.”

Proposed penalties: $111,540

The employer has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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