January 10, 2019
Federal workplace safety investigators have cited the U.S. Postal Service for violations totaling nearly $150,000 following the heat-related death of a mail carrier in Woodland Hills this past summer, officials announced Thursday.
Veteran carrier Peggy Frank, 63, was found dead in her non-air-conditioned mail truck in Woodland Hills on July 6, a day that temperatures soared to 117 degrees.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the Postal Service for a “repeated” general duty violation addressing the Postal Service’s programs and procedures for employees working in high-heat situations, the federal agency said in a news release.
Proposed penalties total $149,664.
The Postal Service was also cited for a repeated violation of record-keeping requirements related to heat stress incidents.
“The U.S. Postal Service knows the dangers of working in high-heat conditions and is required to address employee safety in these circumstances,” OSHA Oakland Area Office Director Amber Rose said in the release.
“USPS is responsible for establishing work practices to protect mail carriers who work outdoors from the hazards of extreme temperatures.”
The Postal Service has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before an independent commission.
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