The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday that the U.S. Postal Service exposed workers to impact, electrical, crushing, fire and other health hazards at three of its Tennessee facilities and issued $350,136 in fines.
OSHA also issued a written notice to the Postal Service for having a safety incentive program that rewards workers for being accident-free, saying, “These programs may discourage workers from reporting accidents and injuries.”
The three facilities mentioned are the Knoxville Processing and Distribution Center, the Music City Annex in Nashville and the Columbia, Tennessee, Post Office.
In addition to exposing workers to live parts of machinery without guards or covers and unprotected electrical wiring, OSHA found many violations involving forklift and vehicle operation. It also found backed up drains that left raw sewage on toilet floors and in work areas at a facility.