OSHA Makes Surprise Inspection at New Castle, PA Postal Facility

At the New Castle, PA postal facility, the floor scrubbing machines have been broken for months. The asbestos-containing floor tiles have not been safely and properly maintained. After several verbal complaints and a  PS Form 1767 were ignored by Postmaster Brian Mercer, employees got fed up working in filth and called OSHA resulting in OSHA making…

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USPS OIG: Northeast Area Site Security Review

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the U.S. Postal Service established and implemented effective environmental and physical security controls according to Postal Service policy at the [redacted] Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC). The Postal Service has the mail processing resources, information technology (IT) network, and transportation infrastructure to deliver mail to every residential and…

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USPS: Storing de-icing, anti-skidding materials

Postal Service facilities that store large quantities of rock salt, sand and other de-icing and anti-skidding chemical products may be regulated by environmental laws. These regulations could include mandatory chemical reporting, restrictions on the amount stored, permitting and requirements for on-site storage areas. Regardless of location, facilities that order or store de-icing and anti-skidding products…

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Arbitrator Rejects APWU Challenges to Roof Maintenance

01/10/2019 – In a decision issued on Friday, January 4, 2019, Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service did not violate the National Agreement in 2011 when it decided to subcontract roof maintenance and repair work. The Union contended that the Employer had violated Article 32.1.A by failing to give due consideration to…

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USPS worker electrocuted at Shannon Street post office

By Dede Willis – Jan 08, 2019 A United States Postal Service employee was electrocuted Tuesday at the post office on Shannon Street in Monroe. The incident was initially reported around 9:40 a.m. First responders attempted to revive Paul W. Gammill, age 47, with CPR at the scene. The man was electrocuted while changing out…

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USPS OIG Report: Maintenance Workhour Charges in the Southern Area

Objective Our objective was to determine the accuracy of maintenance employee workhour charges at selected processing facilities in the U.S. Postal Service’s Southern Area. We conducted site visits and reviewed a sample of workhour charges for fiscal year (FY) 2018 at six mail processing facilities selected based on planned versus actual maintenance workhours. The facilities…

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Is USPS Maintaining HVAC Equipment to Ensure Comfortable Working Conditions?

Project Title: Postal Service HVAC Preventive Maintenance Program Start Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Estimated Report Release Date: March 2019 The goal of preventive maintenance is to improve and prolong building and equipment life, avoid unplanned maintenance, and lower overall maintenance costs. An effective and efficient preventive maintenance program must be in place to ensure…

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