APWU demands answers after 5 workers die at Pontiac postal facility in 14 months (video)


By Aaron Baskerville – March 9, 2016

PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) – American Postal Workers Union leaders are demanding more answers and further investigation after five US postal workers at the mail center in Pontiac have died on the job.

These deaths happened in a 14-month time frame, the latest occurring in October of 2015.

Area Local 480-481 Union President Roscoe Woods tells us there was concern over the methane detection system.

According to a report by the Office of the Inspector General, the system had not been working correctly since March of 2015. Woods says an investigation recently concluded, finding the gas level safe and no health concerns.

He still finds it alarming how many workers, some his friends, have died on the job in a short period of time.

Woods says, “We have an aging workforce, way too much overtime, a sometimes hostile work environment, and I have concern about the overall workplace environment.”

All of those deaths have been ruled natural. In response, management says there were never any health concerns for the workers, and they’re committed to a safe workplace.

The U.S. Postal Service Distribution Center on Glenwood Road sits on an old car manufacturing plant. A gas ventilation system was initially installed to stop the buildup of methane gas.

Related: USPS OIG Management Alert – Methane Gas Safety Concern at Michigan Metroplex P&DC

Source: American Postal Workers Union demands answers after 5 workers die at Pontiac facility in 14 months – WXYZ.com

 

One thought on “APWU demands answers after 5 workers die at Pontiac postal facility in 14 months (video)

  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU
    Past or current office held, if any
    Machine Mechanic
    We at North Metro needs answers too. We had 6 people died within 12 months, one of a heart attack and five of cancer. I know about 10 co-workers battling different sort of cancers right now, all ages ranges from 50’s and below. I am personally battling constant upper respiratory problems and constant sinusitis infections and headaches. Can someone investigate North Metro facility in Duluth, Ga 30096.

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