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.