Region 4 News Release: 11-51-ATL (36)
Feb. 9, 2011
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US Department of Labor's OSHA cites US Postal Service in
Nashville, Tenn., with $70,000 fine for safety hazard
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the U.S. Postal Service on Royal Parkway in Nashville with one willful safety violation for allowing workers to use damaged and unrepaired dock levelers, carrying a penalty of $70,000.
OSHA began its inspection following a complaint that an employee was seriously injured while lifting a damaged steel-hinged plate that provides a bridge between the dock and a truck trailer. The strap that the employee was using to lift the plate slipped off the steel flap, which caused the employee to lose balance and fall backwards, striking the concrete floor.
A willful violation exists when an employer has demonstrated either an intentional disregard for the requirements of the law or plain indifference to employee safety and health.
"The Postal Service was made aware of the hazards related to its use of dock levelers that should have been removed from service," said William Cochran, director of OSHA's Nashville Area Office. "The hazard must be addressed and corrected because this type of disregard for employees' safety and health will not be tolerated."
The Postal Service has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The site was inspected by staff from OSHA's Nashville Area Office, 51 Century Blvd., Suite 340, Nashville, TN 37214; telephone 615-232-3803. To report workplace incidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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