OSHA Issues Citations, Fines in Charlotte

oshaOSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has issued citations and fines of $16,500 against the USPS for safety violations at the Charlotte NC postal facility.

The citations, which were related to work on grinding machinery, were classified as “repeat” violations because the USPS was previously cited for the unsafe practice at a workplace in Raleigh NC. An employer may be penalized for repeated violations if it has been cited within the last five years for the same or similar hazard.

The Postal Service has 15 working days from receipt of the Jan. 24 citations to appeal OSHA’s ruling at an Informal Conference.

The APWU has notified OSHA that the union wishes to be present at the conference if the Postal Service requests one.