U.S. Postal Service contests $150,000 in OSHA penalties after Woodland Hills mail carrier’s death

The U.S. Postal Service is challenging a citation and nearly $150,000 in penalties proposed by federal workplace safety investigators following the heat-related death of a mail carrier in Woodland Hills.

U.S. Postal Service carrier Peggy Frank, 63, of North Hills, was found dead in her non-air-conditioned mail truck on July 6, a day that temperatures soared to 117 degrees. Frank died of hyperthermia, an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the body to deal with heat coming from the environment.

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the Postal Service on Jan. 2 for a “repeated” violation addressing the agency’s programs and procedures for employees working in high-heat situations.

The agency was also cited for inadequate record-keeping of employee illnesses and injuries.

Postal Service spokeswoman Evelina Ramirez said in a statement that they are challenging OSHA’s findings after “attempting to reach an informal resolution” with the workplace safety agency.


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You are kidding!! This has been an on going problem for years and the postal service did nothing about it.
The fine issued by OSHA now is nothing but a joke. This just goes to show you that employees lives mean nothing to the USPS