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.