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

WSFA.com: 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.

Read more: Friends remember Deatsville postal worker killed in vehicle cras – WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL..

Driverless mail truck rolls through residential neighborhood

rollawayA potentially deadly situation ended without any injuries yesterday in Port Chester NY when a driverless mail truck rolled 350 feet down a residential street. The USPS described the incident in a safety advisory:

The rollaway occurred on Tuesday, August 6th when a full-time letter carrier from the Westchester District, Port Chester Post Office dismounted the LLV to deliver mail to the receptacle on a house. When the employee returned to the vehicle it was traveling down the street approximately 350 feet where it landed on top of rock boulders.

The safety bulletin noted that this was the thirteenth such incident this fiscal year in the Northeast Area, which includes New England, the New York Metro area, and most of upstate New York.

Video: Michigan USPS to review safety procedures after pit bull attacks

ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI


(07/18/13) – A rash of pit bull attacks in our state has the United States Postal Service in Michigan reviewing their safety procedures.

Three attacks happened this week alone – one of them in Flint.

On this hot summer day in Flint, the sound of kids playing in the front yards of homes is a familiar sound. But on this day, parents in the 2400 block of Missouri are extra watchful.

Monday afternoon, the United States Postal service says one of their female letter carriers was attacked by a neighborhood pit bill.

Read more: Michigan USPS to review safety procedures after pit bull attacks – ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI.

OSHA opens investigation into death of Massachusetts postal worker who collapsed in the heat

oshaThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration is opening an investigation into the circumstances of the death of a postal worker who collapsed on the job in Medford Friday, a spokesmen for the Department of Labor said Monday.

James Baldasarre, 45, collapsed near the Hyatt Place Hotel on Riverside Avenue about 5:40 p.m. Friday and was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he later died, according to postal service and Medford Fire Department officials.

Temperatures peaked at 95 degrees on Friday with an average relative humidity of 62 percent, according to the National Weather Service.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified of the death by the Postal Service, and its Andover office is opening its own review of Baldasarre’s death, according to Department of Labor spokesman Ted Fitzgerald.

Read more: OSHA opens investigation into death of Medford postal worker who collapsed in the heat – Medford – Your Town – Boston.com.

OSHA and USPS agree on multi-million dollar safety settlement

oshaWASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union have agreed to terms of a settlement that will improve safety in postal facilities across the country. The settlement follows negotiations stemming from inspections at 42 Postal Service sites in 2009 and 2010 that found violations of OSHA standards on electrical work practices. USPS contested the citations, and OSHA then sought enterprise-wide relief before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

“As a large employer, with a substantial number of affected employees throughout many different types of facilities, the U.S. Postal Service faced many challenges in improving their electrical safe-work program,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “In entering this agreement, OSHA recognizes the Postal Service’s commitment and dedication to worker safety.”

As part of the settlement, which covers all Postal Service facilities nationwide, including processing and distribution centers and post offices, USPS has revised its written policies and procedures on electrical work, prohibiting workers from working on electrically energized equipment except for a defined set of tasks that can only be performed while equipment is energized, such as troubleshooting and testing. To ensure compliance with these electrical safety policies, USPS will assign a trained electrical work plan coordinator at each facility. In addition, USPS will provide and require the use of electrically protective gloves and full body arc flash protection for energized work, including voltage testing.

“Employee safety has always been a top priority for the Postal Service,” said Jeffrey Williamson, USPS chief human resources officer and executive vice president. “We are happy to have resolved this issue amicably and in the best interests of the safety of our employees.”

USPS has also agreed to audit the implementation of the electrical safe-work program at all maintenance-capable facilities, and report the results in detail to OSHA quarterly during the two-year term of the agreement. In addition, OSHA will meet with the Postal Service on a regular basis to discuss the results of OSHA monitoring inspections and USPS audits, as well as any concerns or problems encountered. Also, USPS will retrain all employees performing electrical work to comply with OSHA requirements for electrical work. Supervisors and affected employees also will receive additional training on electrical safe-work practices.

Cliff Guffey, president of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, said, “The APWU is pleased to be a part of this landmark commitment to worker safety, which will ensure the protection of postal workers from electrical hazards.”

Under the settlement, the Postal Service has agreed to pay $100,000 at signing and a suspended payment of $3 million pending full abatement of the hazards. OSHA will monitor the Postal Service’s progress toward abatement and evaluate that progress against negotiated milestones.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.


Video: Postal employee killed in workplace accident in Brooklyn Center MN

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – An employee of the U.S. Post Office branch in Brooklyn Center is dead after being run over by a truck Tuesday morning.

Brooklyn Center Police were dispatched to the postal branch at 6845 Lee Avenue around 7:30 a.m. on reports of a workplace accident.

Witnesses say an employee was backing up a semi truck to the loading dock when it stuck another employee who was walking in to the building.

Read more: Postal employee killed in workplace accident in Brooklyn Center | kare11.com.

Another Ricin Incident Hits Spokane

From the American Postal Workers Union:

Preliminary lab tests indicated the presence of ricin on two suspicious letters in Spokane WA, the Postal Service told the APWU on May 15. The letters are being analyzed and tested further for hazardous material, according to a Mandatory Stand-Up Talk [PDF] management presented to workers.

One letter was addressed to the Spokane Post Office; the other was addressed to a federal judge in Spokane. Both letters were postmarked May 14.

“We have no reason to believe that any employees are at risk from handling the suspect letters as they passed through the mailstream in Spokane,” management told employees in the Stand-Up Talk. “The substance involved was not in a form that could be inhaled or otherwise readily ingested.

“If anyone were to inhale a quantity of ricin large enough to produce symptoms, they most likely would include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing and would appear within 24 hours. If you have not experienced such symptoms, you should not be concerned.  If you have, we urge you to let your supervisor know and see your doctor promptly for an evaluation.”

The APWU will monitor the situation closely, said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “Our members’ safety is our primary concern,” he said. The union will provide updates as more information becomes available.


Video: USPS tells Hannibal MO neighborhood: no delivery until "Moose" the pit bull goes

HANNIBAL, MO. — Mail delivery came to a halt in one Hannibal neighborhood this past week due to a postal worker’s fear of a pit bull.

Moose is a 120 pound pit bull who lives in the 5000 block of College Avenue.

Complaints from neighbors and postal workers about Moose’s aggressive behavior resulted in an official suspension of mail delivery in the neighborhood.

The dog’s owner, David Taylor, disagreed with the decision.

Read more: USPS: No delivery until "Moose" the pit bull goes : News : ConnectTriStates.com.