OSHA Cites Tucson Postal Facility for Exposing Workers to Potential Injuries Imposes $70,000 Fine

APWU Web News Article 122-2012, Oct. 2, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the Cherrybell Stravenue Processing and Distribution Center in Tucson Sept. 25 for a willful safety violation for the improper operation of a powered industrial truck.

The OSHA investigation was prompted by a complaint that an untrained, uncertified supervisor had operated a powered industrial truck during an evening shift when two of three certified truck operators did not report for their shift. The truck, which is used to move large quantities of mail, requires training and certification to operate.

The charge, a willful violation, is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health. The proposed penalty is $70,000.

The US Postal Service has 15 business days from receipt of its citation and penalty to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent OSHA Review Commission.

The Postal Service is contesting the citation and penalty, and an Informal Conference has been scheduled for Oct. 10. The APWU has requested “party” status and will participate on behalf of the members of the Tucson Area Local.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. For more information, visit OSHA website at www.osha.gov or call their toll free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).

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