USPS Hit With $150K Fine For Heat-Related Death Of California Mail Carrier

WOODLAND HILLS (CBSLA) – A federal agency has fined the U.S. Postal Service nearly $150,000 for its role in the heat-related death of a 63-year-old mail carrier in Woodland Hills last summer.

On July 6, 2017, Peggy Frank was found unresponsive in her mail truck amid temperatures of up to 117 degrees Fahrenheit. Paramedics were unable to revive her and she died. Frank had worked for the Postal Service for nearly three decades and was a few years away from retirement.

In September, the L.A. County coroner determined that Frank had died of hyperthermia, or over-heating. The coroner ruled her death as accidental.

On Thursday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it had levied $149,664 against USPS. The citation was for “repeated violation of OSHA’s General Duty Clause,” the agency said in a news release.

Source: USPS Hit With $150K Fine For Heat-Related Death Of Woodland Hills Mail Carrier « CBS Los Angeles

  • Michael

    Instead of one government agency giving the another government agency a “fine” payment, the payment should be given to the family of the dead letter carrier.

  • William James Ward

    Over the past twenty years I have replaced dials on the dash boards of
    LLV delivery trucks and noted that they melted with temperatures reaching
    124 degrees when the doors are shut. A mail carrier closes their vehicle
    when making rounds and returns to a dangerous oven that is capable of
    taking a life……………William