by Hugh Hoagland
September 15, 2010
"In addition to proposing a $191,000 penalty for the Kansas City, Kan., facility, the Labor Department’s complaint asks the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission to order the Postal Service to correct electrical violations at all of its facilities nationwide.
The Postal Service responded that it has been working since January to correct many of the electrical safety issues.
“The plan provides for electrical risk assessments, training, personal protective equipment, enhanced safe electrical work practices and insulated tools,” the Postal Service said in a prepared statement.
The response already has included 123,000 hours of training for more than 20,000 maintenance employees and continuing distribution of more than $2 million in protective gear such as safety glasses, face shields and flame-resistant gloves, lab coats and coveralls.
The Labor Department said the complaint “marks the first time OSHA has sought enterprise-wide relief as a remedy.”