Postal Bulletin: Proper Lifting is Not Seasonal

At the United States Postal Service®, lifting and handling injuries are a major contributor to lost workdays from injuries. Additionally, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, back disorders are one of the leading causes of disability for people in their working years. With the Postal Service’s increased emphasis on package delivery,…

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U.S. District Judge dismisses USPS worker’s disability retirement claim

By Stacey O’Connor – March 1, 2018 BENTON –U.S. District Judge David Herndon has dismissed a former U.S. Postal Service worker’s disability claim. Madelaine Sattlefield had filed a second amended complaint and in response to the Office of Personnel Management’s motion to dismiss, claiming federal court at the Southern District of Illionis had jurisdiction through…

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OSHA’s final rule to ‘nudge’ employers to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses

DOL News Release – May 11, 2016 New federal requirements take effect August 10, 2016 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. With this new rule, OSHA is…

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US DOL Blog: Renewing Our Commitment to Worker Safety

By Dr. David Michaels and Joseph Main – April 27, 2015 Chad Weller grew up in Maryland. He liked hunting and fishing and planned to join the Navy. Chad was a communication tower technician, and he died a year ago when he fell from a tower. Today, his mother will join us and our colleagues…

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NALC: An injury to one is an injury to all – March 2015

A guide to NALC’s hands-on help for navigating the workers’ compensation labyrinth; NALC’s Regional Workers’ Compensation Assistants   via March 2015 | National Association of Letter Carriers AFL-CIO.

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Providence, RI Postal employee taken to hospital after forklift accident

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A postal employee at the main U.S. Post Office was taken to Rhode Island Hospital early Thursday morning after a forklift he was operating accidentally struck a support beam inside the facility at 24 Corliss St., according to the Providence police. The man was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries that…

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USPS OIG: White Paper on Federal Employees’ Compensation Act Reform

White Papers – HR-WP-14-003 08/18/2014 Executive Summary Enacted in 1916, the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) provides medical, compensation, death, and vocational rehabilitation benefits to civilian federal employees who sustain injuries — including occupational disease — because of their employment with the federal government. The U.S. Congress amended FECA in 1974 to provide continuation of…

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USPS: Ergonomics excellence – Workplace injuries are preventable

Injuries that affect the muscles, nerves and tendons — also known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) — are a leading cause of lost work time, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. MSDs are preventable by following ergonomic practices, which aim to reduce risk factors such as awkward postures when bending, prolonged sitting and repeated…

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