USPS Fined for Safety Hazards at Maryland Facility

OSHA found hazards at the Silver Spring facility and issued one other-than-serious violation and five repeated violations to the company.

An OSHA investigation has discovered workplace safety violations at a U.S. Postal Service facility in Silver Spring, Md., after a complaint was filed. The agency's investigators found recordkeeping and housekeeping violations, exit signs not posted, electrical equipment improperly used, locked and blocked exits, and fall hazards.

"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."

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