• Project Title:
  • Postal Service Safety Procedures - Great Lakes Area
  • Start Date:
  • Monday, February 26, 2018
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • August 2018

The Postal Service strives to provide a safe and healthy workplace for its employees. USPS safety philosophy states that management, which encompasses all levels including the first-line supervisor, is responsible and accountable for the prevention of accidents and control of resultant losses.

In 1998, the Postal Employees Safety Enhancement Act required the Postal Service to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and standards and regulations set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. If violations occur, the Postal Service may be cited, fined, and, in extreme cases, referred for criminal prosecution.

This audit focuses on Postal Service safety practices and the measures taken to reduce accidents. Of the seven Postal Service Areas, Great Lakes had the highest average accident frequency rate during fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Our objective is to determine whether the Postal Service adhered to safety policies and procedures related to accidents in the Great Lakes Area.

We would like to hear from you.

  • Does the Postal Service provide a safe working environment?
  • Is the Postal Service providing adequate training and information to employees to help ensure a safe work environment?
  • When accidents occur, is the Postal Service identifying the root cause of the accident, when possible, and implenting changes to reduce the likelihood of the accident happening again?

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  • anon

    Does the Postal Service provide a safe working environment? - I think that they do and they don’t. They do — If something is wrong mechanically with a FFV or Minivan, maintenance will fix it pretty quickly. They DON’T — the largest area of accidents in my office is Slips, Trips, and Falls. It is no wonder though, with management saying that your loop/relay, should only take you 15 minutes, no matter what. You have 20 parcels, full coverage, apartments in that one relay, 15 minutes. So you are walking extra fast, and slip or fall. They want you to finger the mail while walking, that is just asking for a trip. They want you to finger the mail, and walk across grass, and do it super fast. Walking across grass, is even more dangerous, un-level, holes, toys, garden equipment. You won’t see these potential trip, fall, sprained ankle problems, because you are going to fast and fingering the mail at the same time. On mounted routes, again need to go super fast, but don’t finger the mail and drive or hold it on your lap, but this makes you go slower,then 15 minutes which is UNACCEPTABLE! Is the Postal Service providing adequate training and information to employees to help ensure a safe work environment? - They give you the safety talk, but you get scolded, demoralized, when you put it into play. (See above) When accidents occur, is the Postal Service identifying the root cause of the accident, when possible, and implenting changes to reduce the likelihood of the accident happening again? No. They just go on with the normal day.

    Apr 14, 2018
  • anon

    In the Chicagoland plants safety is a concern only on Tour2. Tour 1 and 3 where the majority of the employees work, its not much of a concern. Distracted driving(cellphones) and other safety violations are very common. Anyone can come inside the building thru dock openings at many facilities. At my facility, no one including supervisors wear badges. Phones plugged into electrical equipment is a common occurrence. Employee restrooms are cleaned at a 1-10 ratio compared to upper management restrooms. Most of the safety talks are done for show and are unrelated to work(motorcycle accidents).

    Mar 25, 2018
  • anon

    If safety is such a concern why are letter carriers still using the 1980ies LLV that are falling apart?

    Mar 22, 2018
  • anon

    I serve as the NALC's Director of Safety and Health in Washington DC and invite you to contact me on the subject of your announced report.

    Mar 20, 2018
  • anon

    Thank you for your comment. The team will reach out to you for more information. You may also send information to AuditProjects@uspsoig.gov and reference the Safety audit.

    Apr 03, 2018

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