U.S. Postal Service Cited for Repeat, Serious Violations

U.S. Postal Service Cited for Repeat, Serious Violations

The mail carrier is also facing about $350k in proposed penalties following inspections at three Tennessee facilities.

Inspections at three U.S. Postal Service facilities have resulted in citations for multiple violations for the mail carrier.

According to a news release, OSHA inspections at the Knoxville Processing and Distribution Center, the Music City Annex in Nashville and the Columbia Post Office, all in Tennessee, revealed a mail processing machine with no guard, “overloaded circuits” and spaces containing “raw sewage” due to “[b]acked up sewers.”

OSHA also found issues relating to forklifts and their use. Operators didn’t use seatbelts, and some workers required to use the forklifts didn’t have training, OSHA said. In addition, they “lacked working strobe lights and back up alarms, while other forklifts needing repairs remained in service.”

In total, the U.S. Postal Service, which had 516,636 postal employees in 2021, received citations for five repeat, four serious and four other-than-serious violations from OSHA and proposed penalties of $350,136.

"The U.S. Postal Service's high operational tempo is not a reason to bypass or ignore long-established safety standards. If anything, it's a reason to place greater emphasis on ensuring its workers are protected from recognized hazards and have every opportunity to avoid potential life-altering injuries," said OSHA Area Director William Cochran in Nashville, Tennessee in the news release. "These violations are preventable and continuing to operate in this manner, while ignoring safety requirements, is a recipe for disaster."

Per the news release, "The employer has contested the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission."

About the Author

Alex Saurman is a former Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety,who has since joined OH&S’s client services team. She continues to work closely with OH&S’s editorial team and contributes to the magazine.

Product Showcase

  • Magellan X Pte Ltd

    Hesitate No More with SOL-X Connected Worker Health & Safety Solution

    According to the National Safety Council, work-related medically consulted injuries total 4.26 million in 2021 in USA alone. SOL-X solution prevents “human factors” safety issues by anticipating incidents and improving compliance workflows. Leverages digital technologies (IIoT, AI and analytics) to predict patterns from occurring and make informed decisions. Control Of Work - gets rid of tedious paperwork and experience digital workflows. Crew Protect - maximises safety and situational awareness with health trackers and situational indicators. Award-winning Intrinsically Safe SmartWatch – innovative features that enable near real-time visibility and connected well-being. Works well with major connectivity protocols like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Long-Range Bluetooth! 3

  • The MGC Simple Plus

    The MGC Simple Plus

    The MGC Simple Plus is a simple-to-use, portable multi-gas detector that runs continuously for three years without needing to be recharged or routinely calibrated after its initial charge and calibration during manufacturing. The detector reliably tests a worksite’s atmosphere for hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, oxygen and combustible gases (LEL). Additionally, it is durable enough to withstand the harshest treatment and environments, which is why it has an IP 68 rating. The MGC Simple Plus is also compatible with a variety of accessories, such as Gas Clip Technologies’ new GCT External Pump. Visit gascliptech.com for more information. 3