GREENSBORO – The U.S. Postal Service distribution center here was cited after a worker lost an arm last year.
The mechanic’s arm was amputated Sept. 27 after coming into contact with a machine that had its safety guard removed, the U.S. Department of Labor said in a news release.
The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an inspection at the Bulk Mail Processing and Distribution Center at 3701 W. Wendover Ave., where a programmable network of heavy conveyor lines and other systems handles packages for delivery. OSHA inspection identified “serious and repeated safety violations, including failure to ensure safety guards were in place as required and allowing conveyor guards to be removed on a regular basis , leaving workers at risk of injury,” the DOL said.
The OSHA inspection also found that the fulfillment center also failed to train staff on working near conveyors or on proper methods to operate equipment safely using protective measures. lockout/tagout security. OSHA also found that the Postal Service allowed unskilled workers, those without proper training and protective equipment, to perform tests on energized electrical equipment.
On March 4, OSHA issued two serious citations and two repeat citations, totaling $170,918 in proposed fines, records show.