Postal employees at risk of North Carolina work injury

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has recommended $272,000 in fines against the U.S. Postal Service for workplace safety violations involving electrical hazards at a Maryland facility.

Our North Carolina work injury attorneys understand that postal workers face the significant threat of work injuries on a daily basis. Few appreciate the hazards a typical postal employee faces, including fall accidents, traffic accidents and dog bites.

OSHA did not report whether other mail processing facilities were checked for similar hazards.

“These citations and sizable fines reflect the Postal Service’s failure to equip its workers with the necessary knowledge and skills to safely work with live electrical parts,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. “The Postal Service knew that proper and effective training was needed for the safety of its workers but did not provide it.”

The government responded to a complaint about the hazards in January and cited the postal service with four willful violations and one serious violation. The nature of the willful violations involve poor training and lack of proper safety gear, which suggests postal employees may be at high risk for a work accident in North Carolina or South Carolina.

The willful violations include inadequate training for employees exposed to electrical hazards, failure to provide proper protective equipment and failure to use the proper safety signs, symbols and appropriate accident prevention tags to warn employees of electrical hazards.

If you are dealing with a work accident in North Carolina, including Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem, contact the North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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