You’ve probably heard the saying about postal workers: Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night is going to stop them from delivering your mail.
But the Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t seem to agree.
OSHA accuses the Arlington post office on Merrill Road of putting mail carriers in danger by requiring them to deliver mail in high temperatures.
The federal agency issued USPS a $129,336 fine Jan. 24.
USPS began the process of contesting that fine Tuesday.
According to OSHA, around Aug. 9, “Letter Carriers were exposed to the hazards of high ambient temperatures while delivering mail” which could have led to “heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.”
OSHA’s website says it has cited USPS for violating the agency’s same rule five times since 2014 at post offices across the country.