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OSHA fines USPS facility in Illinois $144,000

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined the U.S. Postal Service facility in Champaign, Illinois $144,000 for eight safety violations.

The USPS was cited for failing a complaint inspection in June that showed failure to provide energy control procedures and fall protection at the site.

According to OSHA’s Peoria Area Office director Tom Bielema, the Postal Service in the Champaign facility failed to make sure that it was “trained to lockout machinery to prevent injury.” OSHA further found that the site’s workers are not trained nor allowed to lockout equipment, which can be the key to avoiding instances of unintentional operation of the conveyor while clearing jams, thus further preventing laceration and amputation hazards.

Repeat safety violations included failure to conduct periodic inspections of all energy control procedures and ascertain that energy devices were operated in an isolated manner from the energy source and that a lockout device accompanies every energy control device.

If you are hurt in a workplace accident in Champaign, our attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., can potentially help you file a workers’ compensation claim. Call our offices today at 217-328-2828 to learn more about the legal services we offer.