U.S. Postal Service faces nearly $150,000 in penalties for heat-related death of Woodland Hills mail carrier

Federal workplace safety investigators have cited the U.S. Postal Service for violations totaling nearly $150,000 following the heat-related death of a mail carrier in Woodland Hills this past summer, officials announced Thursday.

Veteran carrier Peggy Frank, 63, was found dead in her non-air-conditioned mail truck in Woodland Hills on July 6, a day that temperatures soared to 117 degrees.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the Postal Service for a “repeated” general duty violation addressing the Postal Service’s programs and procedures for employees working in high-heat situations, the federal agency said in a news release.

Proposed penalties total $149,664.

The Postal Service was also cited for a repeated violation of record-keeping requirements related to heat stress incidents.

“The U.S. Postal Service knows the dangers of working in high-heat conditions and is required to address employee safety in these circumstances,”  OSHA Oakland Area Office Director Amber Rose said in the release.

“USPS is responsible for establishing work practices to protect mail carriers who work outdoors from the hazards of extreme temperatures.”

The Postal Service has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before an independent commission.

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Heat is not the only issue so is the extreme cold in the snowy states! Both a/c and better heat that does more than defrost the windows is NEEDED!!!

What a shame that it took the loss of a Carriers life to expose the inhumane conditions we as Postal Carriers are forced to work in.

The carrier just came back from medical leave..I think due to age and surgery the heat that day was too much. Keep in mind OSHA cited the PO for failure to follow through on protocols for carriers’s heat related work informations! Not PO to prevent casualties from heat when one is compromised by their personal health conditions. That is up to the person to stay home.

This has been an on – going problem for years – heat / cold. A $150,000 fine is nothing compared to having to ensure all vehicles are equipped to avoid the same problem happening again to employees. OSHA just made this lose of a human life a “joke”. How about taking that $150,000 money out of somebodies pay check, is any body being fired for this action ? Only then will proper action be taken to assure this doesn’t happen again. It is amazing how nobody in management is ever held accountable for their actions and screw ups.

When I get done with my route, in 115* heat, the postmaster locks us out of the post office.we are a small po. don’t know what she’s doing but it’s bs.

Contact the postal police!

Seriously.., or your POM, no reasonable explanation for a lock down unless there is a safety threat to the facility.

The only thing they did at my station was to put a message on your scanner saying to stay hydrated! And they would put a case of bottled water at the door. Wow! Thanks. That will make it cooler out there. Then you come back at the end of the day, and its like 60 degrees inside the giant PO with only like 6 employees in there. Clerks wear sweathers to stay warm! Bottom line. They dont care at all about your safety. They just want the mail gone. Oh, and just care about themselves!!