OSHA proposes $236,783 in fines for USPS workplace safety violations in Lehigh Valley

DOL News Release – June 17, 2021 US POSTAL SERVICE FAILED TO PREVENT BLOCKED, OBSTRUCTED EXITS, OTHER SAFETY VIOLATIONS AT LEHIGH VALLEY FACILITY BETHLEHEM, PA – A federal workplace safety inspection of a U.S. Postal Service location in Hanover Township found employees exposed to potentially serious and fatal injuries in the event of an emergency….

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USPS: Video promotes Dog Bite Awareness Week

  The Postal Service is promoting its National Dog Bite Awareness Week with an animated video that includes safety tips for canine owners. More than 5,800 dog bite incidents occurred last year, often when unrestrained dogs viewed letter carriers delivering mail as a threat. These incidents are preventable when dog owners are vigilant and leash…

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USPS Releases Dog Attack National Rankings

June 10, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC — More than 5,800 postal employees were attacked by dogs in the United States in 2020. From nips and bites to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal employees and the general public. To highlight the enormity of this serious issue, the U.S. Postal Service is…

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APWU: Updated procedures for OWCP claims related to COVID-19

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Sent: Monday, May 3, 2021 Subject: New OWCP bulletin FECA released a new bulletin on the updated procedures for OWCP claims related to COVID-19. The bulletin is FECA Bulletin No. 21-09 Subject: Processing FECA Claims for COVID-19 under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The bulletin describes new procedures claims…

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APWU: Workers Memorial Day – Stand Up For Safe Jobs

April 28, 2021 Today, we are marking Workers Memorial Day by taking action together to protect our health and safety at work. Workers Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the passage of the Oc­cupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), which went into effect 50 years ago. It is a day to remember workers killed or…

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Postal Bulletin highlights Heat Illness Prevention

Rising temperatures can put employees at risk for heat illnesses. When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, heat illnesses such as heat stress, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke may occur. Symptoms range from mild and easily correctable to severe and life-threatening. High temperatures and humidity, direct sun or heat, limited…

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USPS: Federal Injury Compensation Training

Basic training on federal injury compensation rules and procedures is now available through the HERO platform. The self-paced tutorial was developed by the Labor Department’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. The training is part of FECA Overview, a curriculum of 26 courses on rights and responsibilities under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. Topics include: •…

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APWU: COVID-19 and OWCP Claims update, ZOOM training

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:59 AM Subject: COVID-19 and OWCP Claims In 2020, the APWU sent out information on OWCP. We are sending out a copy of the letter originally sent to national officers, state, and local presidents. We are also attaching our updated OWCP write up. Also, at the…

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