OSHA finds US Postal facility exposed workers to asbestos hazards; agency proposes more than $49K in fines

osha-uspsEmployer name: U.S. Postal Service
8182 State Road 56
West Baden Springs, Indiana

Citations issued: July 29, 2016

Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration‘s Indianapolis Area Office has cited the West Baden Springs’ postal facility for four repeated violations. Acting on a complaint alleging safety concerns there, inspectors began an investigation on June 3, 2016, and found violations of OSHA’s asbestos protection standards.

OSHA found USPS failed to:

  • Provide awareness training for employees that worked around broken mastic and tile contained asbestos.
  • Promptly clean up spills and releases of presumed asbestos containing material.
  • Ensure the use of dry sweeping to clean up asbestos containing materials.
  • Label areas with materials identified as containing asbestos.

Quote: “Until the early 1980s, asbestos – now, a known carcinogen – was used commonly in building materials such as floor tiles. Employers in workplaces with materials known to contain asbestos must train workers to take precautions when a spill or scratched tile creates the potential for a release of asbestos fibers,” said Vanessa Martin, OSHA’s area director in Indianapolis.

Proposed Penalties: $49,720.

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3 thoughts on “OSHA finds US Postal facility exposed workers to asbestos hazards; agency proposes more than $49K in fines

  1. Yeah right , cry me a river . a little asbestos never really hurt anyone right.
    Didn’t them federal workers get the E mail with the 333 billion dollar pay cut.
    Man if they got money to burn like this . What is next?.

  2. Cum and get it! Catch me if you can! FBI Director Comey said we are careless bordering on stupid and we really didn’t mean to give you lung cancer……..so we get off the hook like you know who…..wink, wink, nod, nod. ain’t it grand being above the law. like Leona Hemsley said crime and punishment and taxes are for the little people. little people who get little 1% raises lol. now get back to work, don’t like asbestos, then hold your breath for 8 hours! if you were smart you would be outside on a golf course like Barry from Kenya!

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