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U.S. Department of Labor



April 11, 2016

Iowa postal distribution center exposes workers to forklift injuries

Employer name: U.S. Postal Service Network Distribution Center, 4000 109th St., Urbandale, Iowa

Citations issued: April 6, 2016

Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Des Moines Area Office cited the postal facility for two repeated and one serious safety violations.

The citations follow an October 2015 OSHA investigation of a complaint alleging forklift operators were handling unstable loads and driving forward with no clear path of visibility.

The inspection found that employees were exposed to crushing and struck-by hazards associated with operating powered industrial trucks.

The facility is part of the national system of highly mechanized and automated mail processing with a transportation network dedicated to handling and moving standard mail, periodicals, package services and other mail classes.

Quote: "Each year, thousands of workers are injured - some fatally - while operating forklifts. Employers with workers who move materials with forklifts must ensure loads are stable, and pathways are clear to prevent injury," said Larry Davidson, OSHA's area director in Des Moines.

Proposed Penalties: $88,000

View Citations here.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report amputations, eye loss, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Des Moines Area Office at 515-284-4701.

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Media Contacts:

Scott Allen, 312-353-6976, allen.scott@dol.gov
Rhonda Burke, 312-353-6976, burke.rhonda@dol.gov

Release Number: 16-673-KAN


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