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U.S. Postal Service center in Carson fined for unsafe work conditions

November 23, 2010 |  2:16 pm

A federal workplace safety agency cited and fined the U.S. Postal Service $220,000 for unsafe work conditions at a mail-processing center in Los Angeles, the U.S. Labor Department announced Tuesday.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the Postal Service committed 16 violations of safety standards by exposing workers to electrical hazards at the 488-employee Los Angeles International Service Center in Carson.

The agency began inspecting the processing plant in June and found the Postal Service failed to turn off the power on some equipment before employees worked on or near the machinery, exposing them to electrical shocks.

Other violations were failure to conduct shock hazard analyses before employees began work, failure to provide workers with proper protective equipment and failure to maintain a clean work environment, the agency said.

The Postal Service may contest the findings before an independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

-- Stephen Ceasar