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

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 applying the insights of behavioral economics to […]

OSHA proposes $120,000 in penalties for USPS workers continued exposure to equipment hazards at Virginia mail center

OSHA: US Postal Service continues to expose workers at Virginia center to powered industrial equipment hazards; faces $120K in fines 5/4/16 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the U.S. Postal Service for workplace safety violations found at a mail processing and distribution center located at 5801 Technology Blvd in […]

OSHA proposes $88,000 in penalties for violations at USPS Urbandale, Iowa mail facility

OSHA cites Urbandale, Iowa postal facility for violations URBANDALE, Iowa- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Des Moines Area Office cited the postal facility for two repeated and one serious safety violations. The citations follow an October 2015 OSHA investigation of a complaint alleging forklift operators were handling unstable loads and […]

Transgender postal employees at center of controversy over restroom at Pittsburgh post office

In June 2015 OSHA issued ‘A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers’  with little fanfare. This issue should have received wide media coverage so workers nationwide would know of the new policy on use of restroom facilities. November 10, 2015 PITTSBURGH — Members of the clerks union at the post office on the city’s […]

Graphic: USPS Tops List of Whistleblower Retaliation Complaints

October 25, 2015  – FairWarning.org has published a chart which shows that USPS tops the list for whistleblower retaliation complaints. According to the FairWarning.org,chart below, there were 578 complaints lodged against USPS covering an eight-year period of  Oct. 01, 2007 and June 30, 2015. Railroad companies dominated the list with seven (7) in the top ten. […]

OSHA fines USPS in Greenville, SC nearly $80K for serious safety violations

Willful and serious violations total nearly $80K in fines Employer name: U.S. Postal Service, 204 Fairforest Way, Greenville, South Carolina 29607 Citations issued: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued one willful and two serious safety citations to the Postal Service on Sept. 14. Investigation findings: The willful citation was issued for exposing employees to […]

USPS, DOL settle cases over heat hazards and retaliation of postal worker who called 911

June 28, 2015 – USPS was seeking to overturn OSHA citation, penalties in heat-related death of Missouri letter carrier and USPS settled case involving postal worker who called 911 and labeled a terrorist. On September 10, 2014, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) Administrative Law Judge Peggy Ball upheld the willful citation issued […]

OSHA unveils new “It’s The Law” poster

April 29, 2015 WASHINGTON – To help ensure that workers have a voice in their workplaces and the protection they deserve, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration today unveiled a new version of its “Job Safety and Health – It’s The Law!” poster. The poster informs workers of their rights, and employers of their responsibilities. […]

APWU: Workers Memorial Day is April 28

4/07/2015 – The labor movement will observe Workers Memorial Day on Tues. April 28, to commemorate those who have been killed or injured on the job and to revitalize the fight for workplace safety. Workers Memorial Day coincides with the anniversary of passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH) more than 40 years […]