OSHA investigating mail carrier's death
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jul 11, 2018
Federal investigators are now looking into workplace safety concerns at the Postal Service after a California mail carrier was found dead in her mail truck on a day when temperatures reached more than 100 degrees, LA Daily News reports.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has officially begun the investigation into the 63-year-old mail carrier's death after she was found by a passerby July 6 in her mail truck on a 117 degree day, the article notes, adding that it is not yet known whether the extreme heat caused her death as she did have a history of a medical condition and recently returned to work from medical leave.
According to the article, employers are obligated to protect employees from any hazardous condition, including potential heat stress, but a U.S. Postal Service spokesperson said that mail carriers are trained and have the tools to deliver mail in all types of weather, including high temperatures.
In related news, a one-year-old petition on Change.org to require USPS to install air conditioning units in mail trucks has gained some traction in recent days. View the petition here.