OSHA investigating mail carrier's death

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.

Reader comments

Mon, Jul 16, 2018

Go to the 49 Code of Federal Regulations. It is in that large document

Fri, Jul 13, 2018

Under OSHA work place laws the Post Office should have placed the employee in a position at work that accommodated the potential health issues (reassignment to an office position) at the same pay and benefits. In this case the manager and management over seeing the employee is responsible for serious consequences and they should be punished harshly which includes prison time hopefully hard labor in a work camp with extreme temperatures

Thu, Jul 12, 2018 Texan

Yes, how do you know?

Thu, Jul 12, 2018 Me Here

Okay, how do you know? :|

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Allow active duty federal employees the right to sue they agency they work for when they are hurt or disabled and employee safety would skyrocket! Ask me how I know!

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