In response to employee complaints about electrical hazards at the U.S. Postal Service’s processing center in Eagan, OSHA in June fined the post office $210,000 for willful violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
OSHA described the electrical and protective equipment violations as “severe and ongoing.” A willful violation is one that is committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law.
Note: If employee allegations are true, the Postal Service failed to address long-term workplace hazards. That’s a “pay me now or pay me later” proposition. Fixing problems sooner rather than later is usually cheaper.
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