Postal employees at high risk of North Carlolina work accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed nearly $50,000 in fines against the U.S. Postal Service for issues at a Processing and Distribution Center.

As we reported on our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog this summer, postal employees are at high-risk of suffering work accidents in North Carolina. That blog reported nearly $300,000 in proposed fines after employees were exposed to electrical hazards at a Maryland facility. Postal employees are routinely subjected to the risk of car accidents, slip and fall accidents, premise liability accidents, dog bite accidents and accidents related to inclement weather.

In this case, the government found workers at an Iowa facility had not been properly trained on how to safely operate industrial trucks. The investigation was initiated based on a complaint about lack of adequate training.

“Our inspection revealed that workers were not being properly trained to identify hazards associated with operating powered industrial trucks,” said Charles Adkins, OSHA’s regional administrator. “It is imperative that employers take the necessary steps to eliminate hazards by training workers and providing a safe working environment.”

The Postal Service was issued serious citations for failing to provide refresher training when workers were operating trucks in an unsafe manner, and failing to certify that workers were properly trained. Serious citations are issued when a safety issue has a substantial probability of causing serious injury or death and when the company knew or should have known about the risks.

The Postal Service was also issue a repeat violation for failing to conduct an evaluation of each truck operator at least every three years. The government reports the post office has been cited for the same violation within the past five years.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident while on the job, contact the Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving North and South Carolina, including Roxboro, Rutherfordton, Salisbury and Shelby.

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