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US Postal Service facility receives OSHA fine



A U.S. Postal Service in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, faces $ 236,783 in workplace safety fines for failing to prevent blocked, obstructed exits and other safety violations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday.

In response to a complaint, OSHA initiated an investigation at the USPS's Lehigh Valley Processing and Distribution Center and determined that the facility failed to keep the exit lanes clear and unrestricted at two of the sorting hub's loading bays, citing the USPS with an intentional violation. [19659002] Investigators also found that portable fire extinguishers were not easily accessible and there was insufficient work space in front of the electrical equipment. OSHA issued two repeated citations related to these workplace violations, as the agency cited the site for the same hazards in Raleigh, North Carolina and Los Angeles. In addition, the agency cited the USPS with two serious violations for additional security risks, according to the statement.

The USPS has not issued a statement on the citations.

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