Congress members urge USPS to use air-conditioned mail trucks

By Brenda Gazzar – November 6, 2018 More than two dozen U.S. Congress members have urged the U.S. Postal Service to “strongly consider” implementing climate-control units in all their mail trucks after a postal carrier died in Woodland Hills over the summer from overheating. U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas, D- Panorama City, spearheaded the call “for…

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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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USPS OIG: What safety issues have you witnessed or experienced?

It might not surprise you that dog bites are among the top accidents involving postal workers. After all, dog bites get a lot of media attention and even have a week dedicated to their prevention. But that’s just one type of accident. Others include accidents involving motor vehicles, falls, and repetitive motion injuries. These risks…

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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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APWU: Stand Up for Safe Jobs on Workers Memorial Day

04/10/2018 – Each year on Workers Memorial Day (April 28), working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job and recommit to the struggle for a safe workplace. Virtually every safety and health protection on the books today exists because union workers fought together to win them, the most…

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APWU appeals USPS Safety Ambassador Program to arbitration

Web News Article #: 28-2018 03/16/2018 – The APWU was informed on October 26, 2017 of the Postal Service’s intent to roll out a new program called the Safety Ambassador Program. The Postal Service intends to replace the safety captain program, and any other local safety programs, with this “standardized” and nationally controlled program. The…

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USPS OIG Report: Facility Condition Reviews ― Pacific Area

Background The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has more than 30,000 leased and owned retail facilities nationwide. Over 1,600 of these facilities are in the Pacific Area. The post office lobby is the principal business office of the USPS. The lobby’s appearance directly affects the USPS’ image because it is the only close-up view of postal…

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Beyond Rain and Snow, Postal Workers Must Also Worry About Their Shoes

By Jack Corrigan – August 23, 2017 For years the U.S. Postal Service has put its stamp of approval on defective shoes that can quickly fall apart, putting letter carriers at risk of injury and often forcing them to pay for costly replacements out of their own pockets, union officials say. The issue came to…

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