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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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 Report: Facility Condition Reviews — Western Area

Background The U.S. Postal Service has more than 30,000 leased and owned retail facilities nationwide. Over 7,100 of these facilities are in the Western Area. The Post Office lobby is the principal business office of the Postal Service. The lobby’s appearance directly affects the USPS’s image because it is the only close-up view of postal…

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USPS OIG Blog: This Old Post Office

It makes no difference what part of the country you’re in, post offices nationwide are in need of upkeep and repair. A majority of post office lobbies we reviewed in the Eastern Area have many of the same problems found in other areas. We are nearly done with our series of audits on postal retail…

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OSHA fines USPS $178K after inspectors find workers exposed to safety hazards at Merrifield P&DC

Employer name: U.S. Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center Inspection site: 8409 Lee Hwy, Merrifield, Virginia Citations issued: On Dec. 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to the postal service for three repeat and two serious safety violations, including one issued as a violation of the OSH…

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USPS OIG Report: Facility Condition Reviews – Northeast Area

Background The U.S. Postal Service has more than 30,000 leased and owned retail facilities nationwide. About 3,851 of these facilities are in the Northeast Area. The Post Office lobby is the principal business office of the Postal Service. The lobby’s appearance directly affects the Postal Service’s image because it is the only close-up view of…

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Iowa postal facility exposes workers to mold, electrical hazards from unrepaired water leak

OSHA News Release – October 6, 2016 Employer name: U.S. Postal Service, 116 Oak St., Moorhead, Iowa Citations issued: March 24, 2016 Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Des Moines Area Office cited the postal facility for one repeated and four serious safety violations. The citations follow an October…

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