The United States Postal Service is being fined for a proposed total of nearly $ 150,000 for the heat-related death of a Woodland Hills postman who died after working in a 117-degree weather without air conditioning in his vehicle on summer past, federal officials said on Thursday.
Peggy Frank had worked for the Postal Service for 28 years before she was found dead in her mail truck on July 6, 2018. The 63-year-old woman suffered hyperthermia while delivering three-digit mail, according to the Department of Labor. USA UU .
The department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed sanctions against the Postal Service for a total of $ 149,664, saying that the agency has not guaranteed employee safety and repeatedly violated the record keeping requirements related to the incident. Heat stress
As of Fall 2017, the agency had more than 230,000 mail vehicles and it is estimated that more than 63,000 have air conditioning, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.
Last week, Rep. Tony Cárdenas of the San Fernando Valley said he plans to introduce a bill that will guarantee that all agency vehicles have air conditioning.
"For any vehicle that is owned by the federal government does not have this simple technology … it is simply unconscious," Cárdenas told the Southern California News Group last Friday, according to the Daily News.
Frank had suffered a heat stroke the previous summer and had just returned to work after taking a break due to a fractured ankle, his loved ones have told KTLA.
"I can not believe it because I do not think it should have happened," said her sister, Lynn Calkins. "I'm very sad because she was going to retire soon, now she can not."
"They need to start worrying about their people a little more," Calkins said of the Postal Service.
After Frank's death, a representative of the Postal Service said that employee safety "is always a priority."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the employee's family at this time," said a statement from the representative.
The agency has 15 days since it received the citations to comply, refute the department's findings or request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, according to federal officials.