The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the U.S. Postal Service’s Baton Rouge Processing and Distribution Center for allegedly exposing employees to electrical and lockout/tagout hazards, the Department of Labor said today. Proposed penalties total $97,500.
The OSHA investigation found that employees involved in maintenance activities were exposed to energized electrical circuits without personal protective gear and could have been electrocuted or struck by equipment that suddenly became energized due to inadequate control procedures. The facility, which employs about 544 workers, has 15 working days from receipt of citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA or contest the citations and proposed penalties.