OSHA proposes $88,000 in penalties for violations at USPS Urbandale, Iowa mail facility

OSHA proposes $88,000 in penalties for violations at USPS Urbandale, Iowa mail facilityOSHA cites Urbandale, Iowa postal facility for violations

URBANDALE, Iowa-

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Des Moines Area Office cited the postal facility for two repeated and one serious safety violations.

The citations follow an October 2015 OSHA investigation of a complaint alleging forklift operators were handling unstable loads and driving forward with no clear path of visibility.

The inspection found that employees were exposed to crushing and struck-by hazards associated with operating powered industrial trucks.

The facility is part of the national system of highly mechanized and automated mail processing with a transportation network dedicated to handling and moving standard mail, periodicals, package services and other mail classes.

Quote: “Each year, thousands of workers are injured – some fatally – while operating forklifts. Employers with workers who move materials with forklifts must ensure loads are stable, and pathways are clear to prevent injury,” said Larry Davidson, OSHA’s area director in Des Moines.

Proposed Penalties: $88,000

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Citations issued: April 6, 2016

OSHA proposes $88,000 in penalties for violations at USPS Urbandale, Iowa mail facility

OSHA proposes $88,000 in penalties for violations at USPS Urbandale, Iowa mail facility

OSHA proposes $88,000 in penalties for violations at USPS Urbandale, Iowa mail facility

 

7 thoughts on “OSHA proposes $88,000 in penalties for violations at USPS Urbandale, Iowa mail facility

  1. like Alfred E Newman said: “what me worry”! OSHA will never see that $88 thousand. po is hard up for money don’t you know! if you go to the dictionary and look up the word corruption……you will see a picture of the post office.

  2. Besides the fact they (Management ) does rush the operations, the facilities that were kept open have consolidated so much there is no room. The isles are crammed with equipment and it is an accident waiting to happen.

  3. There is no safety. Safety is an imaginary idea that
    the tools and thugs use to their advantage. They
    look the other way when someone works unsafe
    but it benefits Management. Let there be an accident
    or injury and you can bet that the tools and thugs
    will be handing out discipline. Fire them all

  4. $88,000 is not enough punishment for these criminals, 3 million a pop should get their attention……if not raise the amount until it does. in our plant they threaten you for taking FMLA sick leave, I have been to the Department of Labor, wages and hours division………yet they still disregard the cease and desist letters.
    2017 Postal Deregulation Act is the only real answer. I would rather work for UPS or FDX………..this place is beyond help! its a lost cause!

  5. typical po. They are ALWAYS rushing everyone to the point of unsafeness, yet they preach safety all the time, but it is nothing more than chatter. They really don’t care about safety til someone gets hurt, then they try to MAKE it your fault when the put so much pressure on the employees to go go go.

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