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Serious violations at US Postal Service facility in Greensboro after amputation – Occupational Health and Safety

Serious Violations at Greensboro U.S. Postal Service Facility After Amputation

OSHA found that many machine guards had been removed from the USPS distribution center.

There is no employee who leaves for his shift thinking that he will come back with an injury. Sadly, that’s what happened on September 27, 2021 in Greensboro, NC when an employee came into contact with a machine that had its safety guard removed at a USPS distribution facility, resulting in the amputation of his arm.

Following the tragic incident, OSHA conducted an inspection at USPS facilities, which operates as the Greensboro Network Distribution Center. The inspection identified repeated and serious safety lapses, including failing to ensure safety guards were in place and allowing conveyor guards to be removed on a regular basis, leaving workers at risk of wounds.

OSHA also found, according to a Press release, that the facility had not ensured that employees were trained in working near conveyors or in proper methods to operate equipment safely using lockout/tagout safety measures. Additionally, the facility allowed unskilled workers—workers without proper training and protective equipment—to perform tests on energized electrical equipment.

OSHA issued two series and two repeat citations totaling $170,918 in penalties.

“The U.S. Postal Service ignored long-established safety standards and put workers at risk,” Kimberley Morton, OSHA regional director in Raleigh, North Carolina, said in a news release. “The USPS has an obligation to remove hazards to ensure safe working conditions and prevent another worker from suffering a tragic, life-altering injury.”