Letter Carrier died of overheating on 117-degree day, coroner’s official says

By Brenda Gazzar – September 24, 2018 A veteran U.S. Postal Service carrier, found unresponsive in her non-air-conditioned mail truck amid record-breaking heat in Woodland Hills this summer, died from overheating, according to coroner’s officials. Peggy Frank, 63, of North Hills died on July 6 of hyperthermia, or abnormally high body temperature caused by a…

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PMG Brennan addresses safety, other matters in “Business Focus” video

In her latest “Business Focus” video, Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan urges employees to stay safe during hot weather. She reminds everyone to complete required safety training, which includes guidance on staying cool and tips on recognizing signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. “Building awareness and guarding against heat-related illnesses ensures that we all…

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Here’s How Hot It Is Inside a Mail Truck

Published on July 19, 2018 It was a day of blistering heat in Southern California, and now the family of mail carrier Peggy Frank, 63, wants to know whether she was killed by extreme temperatures while on the job. Frank was found dead in her mail truck in Los Angeles earlier this month. The temperature…

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Postal Bulletin: Prevent Heat Illness — Know the Signs and Act

Summertime can put employees at risk for heat illness. High temperatures and humidity, direct sun or heat, limited air movement, physical exertion, poor physical condition, and some medicines are contributing factors to heat illness. When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, heat-induced illness such as heat stress, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and…

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Working conditions at post office in Richmond being addressed

By Vernon Freeman Jr. – July 25, 2017 RICHMOND, Va. – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an investigation into the working conditions at the Westhampton Station Post Office in Richmond after a CBS 6 investigation. During that Problem Solvers investigation, CBS 6 reported that several mail carriers walked off the job…

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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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OSHA: Iowa postal facility exposes mail carrier to excessive heat; Cited $46,600 in penalties

OSHA Regional News Release – Oct. 27, 2015 Employer name: U.S. Postal Service, Ottumwa, Iowa Citations issued: Oct. 23, 2015 Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Des Moines Area Office cited the postal facility for three safety and health violations, one repeated, one serious and one other-than-serious. The citations…

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