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June 9, 2010
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OSHA has cited the U.S. Postal Service for workplace safety violations related to electrical hazards found at two Philadelphia facilities after receiving complaints about both locations, according to a press release. Combined proposed penalties total $497,000.

OSHA's inspections of the Network Distribution Center at 1900 Byberry Road and the Processing and Distribution Center at 7500 Lindberg Blvd. found inadequately trained employees performing work without the proper personal protective equipment while being exposed to live parts. As a result of these conditions, OSHA cited the NDC with four willful violations with a proposed penalty of $280,000. The P&DC was cited for three willful violations with a penalty of $210,000 and one serious violation with a penalty of $7,000.

"The Postal Service’s disregard for workplace safety standards has left workers at these facilities exposed to unnecessary dangers including electric shock, electrocution, fires and explosions," said Al D'Imperio, director of OSHA's Philadelphia Area Office.

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