OPM Wants to Boost Death Benefits for Feds Killed on-the-job by $90K

The Office of Personnel Management wants to significantly increase death benefits for federal civilian employees killed on the job from $10,000 to $100,000. OPM on Friday sent a legislative proposal to the House and Senate requesting Congress to increase the current death gratuity rate $90,000 for civilian workers killed in the line of duty, raise…

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Latest Postal Bulletin offers back-to-school safety tips

With the new school year about to start, the latest edition of Postal Bulletin reminds employees to keep an eye out for children when driving USPS vehicles. The cover story encourages employees to take extra precautions when driving in school zones or near playgrounds. Drivers should also: Adjust mirrors to see around their vehicles. Stop…

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USPS faces $111K in fines after OSHA  finds workplace safety hazards (again) at Silver Spring facility

Employer name: U.S. Postal Service LLC, doing business as Silver Spring MPO Carr Annex Hotel Inspection site: 8827 Monard Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland Citations issued: On Aug. 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued one other-than-serious violation and five repeated violations to the company. Investigation findings: OSHA began the…

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Edmond post office massacre was 30 years ago

By Diana Baldwin – August 13, 2016 EDMOND — Survivors of the Edmond Post Office massacre and their friends are planning a 30th anniversary memorial ceremony outside the downtown post office where 14 workers were killed. Next Saturday (August 20) marks the morning in 1986 when gunman Patrick Henry Sherrill went on a rampage also wounding six…

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OSHA finds Indiana Postal facility exposed workers to asbestos hazards; proposes more than $49K in fines

Employer name: U.S. Postal Service 8182 State Road 56 West Baden Springs, Indiana Citations issued: July 29, 2016 Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Indianapolis Area Office has cited the West Baden Springs’ postal facility for four repeated violations. Acting on a complaint alleging safety concerns there, inspectors began…

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OSHA finds Osceola Postal facility exposed workers to electrical, chemical hazards; proposes $44K in fines

Employer name: U.S. Postal Service 104 S. Fillmore St. Osceola, Iowa Citations issued: July 29, 2016 Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Des Moines Area Office has cited the postal facility for one repeated and four serious safety violations after a February 2016 agency investigation. Acting on a complaint…

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13 Postal Workers Hospitalized for Heat-Related Illness at Chicago’s River North Post Office

By Laura Podesta – July 30, 2016 CHICAGO (WLS) — Ambulances rushed 13 employees at a River North post office to the hospital with heat-related illness Saturday morning, according to the Chicago Fire Department. According to witnesses, temperatures inside the facility at Ohio and Dearborn were near 100 degrees and they said it has been…

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