The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited that the U.S. Postal Service willfully violated their code because they failed to protect an employee who was out working in extreme heat. In July, a mail carrier developed symptoms similar to those of a heat-related illness. While the carrier was on his route he collapsed. He was taken from the scene to the hospital and later passed away because of excessive exposure to heat.
The violation comes because multiple employees were required to work outdoors even though there were heat advisories. The Postal Service did not have any procedures set in place for the event of excessive heat hazards.
The employer had a responsibility to not put their workers out in those conditions. Failure to protect them is a violation of OSHA standards and they will be fined as a result of it.
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