Postal Service faces $111K in fines
On August 1, 2016, OSHA issued five repeated violations and one other-than-serious violation to the U.S. Postal Service LLC, doing business as Silver Spring MPO Carr Annex Hotel in Silver Spring, Maryland. Proposed penalties total $111,540.
OSHA began the inspection in February 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.”
Link to Citation: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/USPostalService_1122884.pdf