USPS St Louis mail processing center again cited by OSHA for fire extinguisher, electrical violations

oshaThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a St Louis postal facility for repeated safety violations:

Employer name: United States Postal Service

Investigation site: 1720 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri

Date investigation initiated and what prompted inspection: On Jan.13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated an inspection of a United States Postal Service mail processing site after receiving a complaint alleging unsafe working conditions at the facility.

Investigation findings: Investigators found blocked portable fire extinguishers, alarm systems and electrical equipment such as circuit breaker boxes and transformers throughout the ground floor of the mail center. OSHA issued two repeated safety violations.

“These hazards found throughout the mail center are completely unacceptable. The threat of fire inside this structure exists and set procedures to safeguard this equipment must be continuously monitored and enforced,” said Bill McDonald, OSHA’s area director in St. Louis. “Employers that are cited for so many safety violations repeatedly demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health.”

OSHA previously cited the same facility for these violations in 2014. OSHA issues repeated violations when an employer has been previously cited for the same or a similar violation in the past five years.

Proposed Penalties: $45,000

Video: Postal workers hold rally for safer working conditions after death of letter carrier


On this Martin Luther King Day, a group of U.S. Postal Service workers held a rally at the MLK Memorial. They are calling for safer job conditions and justice for letter carriers injured or killed while delivering in the dark.

It follows the death of 26-year old Tyson Barnette in Landover, Md. He was shot and killed on November 23, 2013 while working a route after dark.


Barnette’s family came in from South Carolina to show their support. His mother, Bridget, had a message for the Postmaster General.

She says, “Don’t let another life be taken by something that can be fixed as easily as pushing the (shift) times back in the morning.”

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OSHA proposes fines of $144,000 for USPS facility in Champaign, Ill.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The U.S. Postal Service facility in Champaign has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for eight safety violations carrying proposed fines of $144,000. The citations are the result of a complaint inspection in June that found a lack of both energy control procedures and fall protection at the facility.

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NALC tells carriers: Don’t put yourself in danger!

From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

NALC-LOGODon’t put yourself in danger: On Jan. 3, the Postal Service issued mandatory safety talks to be given to all employees regarding protection from cold temperatures. Click here to find the documents that management was to provide you through these stand up talks. If management has not provided these safety talks, advise your supervisor, shop steward, branch officers or, if necessary, your national business agent. Bottom line: Do not put yourself in danger.

Friends remember Alabama letter carrier killed in vehicle crash News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.


Beatrice Tatum will never forget her mail carrier, but more importantly, her friend Gloria Cleveland. "When I got the call I was devastated. She made my life special by just being sweet and kind," said Tatum.

Cleveland spent her entire postal career, all 20 years and more with the Deatsville post office 7 miles north of Millbrook.

"We called her ‘Glo’ because she was always happy," said postmaster Sherry Worrell.

"She always remembered my birthday and things like that," said Tatum.

Ms. Cleveland died on Cold Springs Road Monday morning. For some reason the mail carrier lost control of her ’98 Ford Explorer and crashed on the other side of the road.

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