OSHA Requests Information on the Powered Industrial Trucks Standard

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information as the Agency considers rulemaking to update the powered industrial trucks standards for general, maritime, and construction industries. The standards became effective in 1971, and were based on industry consensus standards from 1969. Since then, national consensus standards…

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OSHA: USPS Cited For Repeat Safety Violations at Austin Facility

OSHA News Release- Region 6 U.S. Department of Labor October 2, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites U.S. Postal Service For Repeat Safety Violations at Austin Facility AUSTIN, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for safety hazards after receiving a complaint…

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Postal Service paid $84M last year for property damage and injuries

By Susan Campbell – November 2, 2017 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Karen Hart’s front porch is dotted with little holes. “We didn’t know where they were coming from!” Hart said. The thousands of holes have caused the wood to split, according to Hart. Contractors estimate the cost to repair the porch is about $5,000. “It…

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DOL Blog: A Year of Injuries, and Lessons (USPS had 229 Severe Injury Reports)

By Dr. David Michaels – March 17, 2016In January 2015, we started requiring employers to report any work-related severe injury – such as an amputation or an injury requiring hospitalization – within 24 hours. In the first year, we received 10,388 reports, or nearly 30 a day. Each report told the story of a man or…

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Amazon deliveries and at-risk workers lead to more accidents and injuries at the Postal Service

March 8, 2016 Last week the Postal Service shared some information with the Postal Regulatory Commission about accidents and safety issues. As one might expect, the increased use of all those recently hired postal workers — 117,000 in 2015 — is leading to more injuries and accidents. Replacing experienced career employees with inexperienced non-career employee…

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OSHA: USPS cited for electrical hazards at Chicago’s Clark Street distribution center

April 1, 2015 Employer name: United States Postal Service Investigation site: 2643 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60614 Date investigation initiated and what prompted inspection: On Jan. 14, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Chicago North Area Office initiated an inspection of the mail sorting facility after receiving a complaint alleging unsafe…

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Federal Judge Dismisses Injured Postal Worker’s Claim

By Trevor Aaronson – February 27, 2015 A federal judge in New York threw out a lawsuit on Feb. 26 filed by an injured U.S. Postal Service worker from Orlando who became seriously ill after handling a package that was leaking a noxious chemical. Jeffrey A. Lill, who worked at the Orlando mail sorting facility,…

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Postal worker health fraud rises as mail volume falls

By Michael Dresser – December 27, 2014 For seven years, postal worker Colette Lee collected nearly $250,000 in federal benefits after telling the government she was disabled as a result of a work-related injury. What the Baltimore woman didn’t disclose was a medical history that included injuries in four auto crashes that occurred before she…

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