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OSHA Slams USPS for Safety Violations In Massachusetts, Georgia

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157-2010

12/30/2010 - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continues to charge the Postal Service with willful and serious safety violations at mail processing facilities across the country. On Dec. 29, OSHA fined the USPS $238,000 for hazards at the Central Massachusetts Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) in Shrewsbury, MA, and $80,000 at the North Metro P&DC in Duluth, GA.

At both facilities, OSHA inspectors found that the Postal Service exposed employees to electrical hazards. In Shrewsbury, inspectors found that the USPS failed to properly train postal employees or provide them with adequate safety equipment, and live machinery was not properly de-energized, exposing employees to the risk of electric shock. The facility also lacked proper voltage meters, and the USPS failed to perform periodic checks on energy control procedures.

At the Duluth facility, there were no safeguards to prevent accidental start-up of machinery; material was stored in front of electrical and circuit breaker panels; electrical boxes had unused openings, and there was exposed electrical wiring.

The latest OSHA citations bring the Postal Service’s total fines to more than $6.2 million.

Electrical Work Practices Citations Summary
     
Site Date Amount
Des Moines, IA 1/27/2010 $97,500
Providence, RI 4/29/2010 $558,000
Denver, CO 4/30/2010 $217,000
Bedford Park, IL 5/5/2010 $210,000
Anaheim, CA 5/24/2010 $11,050
Bell, CA 5/24/2010 $18,425
Las Vegas, NV 5/24/2010 $10,625
Philadelphia, PA (BMC) 6/3/2010 $210,000
Philadelphia, PA (P&DC) 6/4/2010 $217,000
Baton Rouge, LA 6/7/2010 $97,500
Pittsburgh, PA 6/8/2010 $300,000
Portland, OR 6/16/2010 $77,500
Belleville, IL 6/23/2010 $2,925
Scarborough, ME 6/25/2010 $430,000
St. Paul, MN 6/25/2010 $210,000
Capitol Heights, MD 7/1/2010 $270,000
Simi Valley, CA 7/9/2010 $13,175
White River Junction, VT 7/22/2010 $420,000
Boston, MA 7/26/2010 $357,000
Binghamton, NY 8/5/2010 $6,300
Dayton, OH 8/11/2010 $225,000
Portsmouth, NH 8/19/2010 $350,000
Sharonville, OH 8/19/2010 $210,000
Kansas City, KS 8/27/2010 $191,000
Columbus, OH 10/12/2010 $210,000
Huntington, WV 10/12/2010 $212,500
Bluefield, WV 11/17/2010 $287,000
Los Angeles, CA 11/18/2010 $220,000
Shrewsbury, MA 12/29/2010 $238,000
Duluth, GA 12/29/2010 $80,000
Total to Date   $6,229,500