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U.S. Postal Service Fined By OSHA for Hazards at Facility Near LAX

U.S. Postal Service Fined By OSHA for Hazards at Facility Near LAX
The U.S. Postal Service was fined by the Labor regulators with $220,000 for electrical hazards at their Los Angeles International Service Center.

The U.S. Postal Service has 488 employees at the plant, which is near Los Angeles International Airport. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that the fine was a reflection of a conspicuous disregard for the worker’s safety as the Postal Service keeps on to neglect vital workplace safety measures. This has put the lives of their employees at definite risk.

The violation came into the light after OSHA conducted an inspection, which began at June 2. They found that the USPS employees failed to de-energize parts of the machine before working on and that exposed them to electrical shocks.

The postal service officials also failed to do flash hazard or shock hazard analysis before they start the work or provide workers with the proper protection. Other violations included failure to provide guardrails on platform, maintain aisles and passageways, properly mark circuit breakers, maintain clean orderly working condition, and provide adequate training.

The USPS has been given 15 business days from receipt of the citations and to proposed penalties to meet and comply with OSHA or contest.