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OSHA fines U.S. Postal Service for violations at Tennessee facilities


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday the U.S. Postal Service exposed workers to struck-by, electrical, crushing, fire and other health hazards at three of its facilities in Tennessee and issued $350,136 in fines. 

OSHA also issued a written notice to the Postal Service for having a safety incentive program that awards workers for being accident-free, saying, “These programs can discourage workers from reporting accidents and injuries.”

The three facilities cited are the Knoxville Processing and Distribution Center, the Music City Annex in Nashville, and the Columbia, Tennessee, Post Office.

In addition to exposing workers to energized parts of machines without guards or covers and unprotected electrical wiring, OSHA found numerous violations involving forklift and vehicle operations. It also found backed-up sewers that left raw sewage on restroom floors and in work areas at one facility.