APWU Safety and Health Specialist Criticizes USPS OIG Report

An audit report conducted by the Postal Service’s Inspector General’s Office (OIG) on the USPS Health and Safety Program, released Nov. 14, is limited in both scope and depth and is thus of little value in assessing the agency’s overall efforts to promote a safe workplace, the union has determined.

“The report should not be viewed as a comprehensive audit of the Postal Service’s safety program but rather as an unfocused snap shot of the Postal Service’s application of a piece of its safety program,” said APWU Safety and Health Specialist Corey Thompson.

“Based on the identification of numerous hazards and problems found by study, in such a small sampling of the overall USPS safety program the report can only be viewed as evidence that many more unsafe conditions would be discovered by the OIG if it were to perform a more comprehensive audit,” he added.

Thompson also noted the OIG did not consult national union officials for their views and expertise, and it overlooked a broad range of electrical and automation related hazards at USPS facilities.

OIG Issues Report on USPS Health and Safety Program

7 thoughts on “APWU Safety and Health Specialist Criticizes USPS OIG Report

  1. I was a safety captain too. I was also a shop steward, I was on the safety & health committee, the social and recreation committee, the union’s political action committee and between all of this busy committee and representational work, I was lucky if I did 1 hour of actual work on the floor. I don’t even think I did that cause I had filed an injury claim and had my doctor come up with impossible medical restrictions…so they gave up trying to make me work, so basically I just shuffled around the building and hung out in the swing room till quitting time. his is a great job!

  2. I was Safety Team captain for years. Supervisors were lax on safety and made reprisals when I cited their failure to enforce safety. I suffered reprisals and outright threats against my person by employees and supervisors. I eventually loss my career because I thought they really wanted me to maintain a safe workfloor. I have filed 1767’s for years, my team members quit repeatedly. I saved people’s lives, yet I’m on the outside looking in. 19years service and disabled veteran. Lies and hyprocisy is it’s true motto! I can prove all with pictures too! challenge me!

  3. USPS management makes Mitt Romney and Bain Capital look like Robin Hood.

  4. Unhappy with APWU? Unhappy with the contract? Unhappy with the level of representation you’re getting? Unhappy with loss of 40 hour jobs?

    OCCUPY APWU at the 2012 Convention in Los Angeles (August 20-24) at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel (404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA)


    Shut up and keeping paying dem dues! And, by the way…stay in line all you lemmings!

  5. OWCP is not for honest people and USPS can preach safety and practice none, unless it deals with discipline. We all have the right to put in 1767’s. Exercise it, keep your copies and make sure they are being entered in the STK. If we all took a few minutes a day on the clock to put in a 1767. We would be following our responsibility to safety and maybe, a big maybe if enough people did it something would get done.

  6. The Post Office doesn’t have time for safety, safety and safety committees take up time and time is money. If workers and managers are put at risk by faulty buildings, vehicles,or machinery that’s not as important as meeting the numbers. And if anyone does get hurt the post office can just refuse the claim, and say it wasn’t the post office’s fault. As far as the post office cares OSHA is just a pest to be ignored, what can they do to the post office? The post office thinks it’s bigger than every body and doesn’t have to answer to any body or government agency. Got it?

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