OIG: Impact of Prescribed Opioids on Postal Employees Under the Federal Workers’ Comp Program

Objective Our objective was to determine the impact of opioids being prescribed to U.S. Postal Service employees through the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) program. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, pharmaceutical companies in the 1990s assured the medical community that opioid pain relievers were not addictive. As…

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Postal Bulletin offers tips to avoid heat-related illnesses

Prevent Heat Illnesses. Know the Signs and Act. Summertime can put employees at risk for heat illnesses. High temperatures and humidity, direct sun or heat, limited air movement, physical exertion, poor physical condition, and some medicines are contributing factors to heat illnesses. When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, heat-induced illnesses such…

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APWU Western Region Coordinator: Filing a Stress Workers Comp Claim

Excerpt from APWU Western Region Coordinator Omar M. Gonzalez’ Dealing With Postal Monsters Guidebook Postal workers who are harassed may suffer emotional stress when carrying out their postal assignment duties.  At times employees file Workers Compensation claims and are taken aback by the denial of such claims by the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP)…

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Richmond-area posts offices fined thousands for unsafe working conditions

RICHMOND, Va. — A CBS Problem Solvers investigation has revealed that since 2015, United States Postal Service offices in the Commonwealth have spent more than $461,000 in preventable fines to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA.) More than $140,000 of that total, was paid out from Richmond-metro locations. Click to see the U.S. Postal…

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OSHA Cites Iowa Post Office For Blocked Exits and Failing to Train Employees

OSHA News Release- Region 7 U.S. Department of Labor May 13, 2019 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Iowa U.S. Postal Office For Blocked Exits and Failing to Train on Emergency Plan ANKENY, IA ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for obstructing exit…

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USPS OIG Report: Mail Processing Facilities Condition Reviews

Background In fiscal year (FY) 2018, the Postal Service had 286 mail processing facilities with over 70 million interior square feet. Between October 2010 and February 2018, mail processing facilities generated more than 46,000 maintenance requests and incurred over $876 million in maintenance costs. The Postal Service is obligated, by both internal policies and federal…

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USPS: Top cities for dog bites

More than 5,700 Postal Service employees were attacked by dogs in 2018. To help mark National Dog Bite Prevention Week, here’s a list of the cities with the most dog attacks against employees last year, along with the number of attacks recorded in each location. 1. Houston (75) 2. Los Angeles (60) 3. Philadelphia (51)…

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