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Safety Tips for Postal Workers


Adverse weather, dogs, heavy boxes, and congested roads are just some of the hazards U.S. postal workers face daily. As federal employees, postal workers are entitled to compensation under the Federal Employment Compensation Act (FECA) for any injuries or illnesses they sustain while in the performance of their duties. While some accidents are unavoidable, most postal worker injuries can be prevented by implementing the following safety tips.

Keep Dogs at Bay

Dogs attack approximately 6,000 postal workers each year, according to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Postal workers are not required to deliver mail when an animal threatens them or if a dog is loose; they can request that the mail recipient either restrain their dog or pick up their mail at the post office. Postal workers who feel threatened by a dog should avoid eye contact and back away slowly. They can also carry a dog repellant spray designed to prevent mail carriers from being attacked.

Be Careful on Sidewalks and Stairs

Slip and fall accidents are common among postal workers. They deliver mail in all types of weather and may have to walk on slippery surfaces. During the rainy and winter months, postal workers should use extra caution when walking on sidewalks and stairs. Wearing the proper footwear and using handrails can help safeguard postal employees from injury.

Use Proper Lifting Techniques

Postal workers often deliver heavy and/or large parcels. When proper lifting technique is not employed, they can become seriously injured. It is important to place one foot next to the box and one behind it and bend at the knees while keeping the back straight and the elbows close to the body when carrying such objects.

Drive Responsibly

Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Speeding, drunk driving, distractions, disregard for traffic rules, and fatigue are some common causes of car accidents. Postal workers should always be aware of their surroundings and ensure that their vehicles are in safe operating condition to minimize their risk of being injured in a car accident.

Prevent Repetitive Motion Injuries

Postal workers perform many of the same physical tasks every day. Over time, awkward and repetitive motions can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and other medical conditions. However, there are some things employees can do to prevent such injuries, including arranging their workstation in an ergonomic fashion, adjusting their posture, varying their tasks throughout the day, taking rest breaks, and stretching.

Compensation for Postal Worker Injuries

Federal employees, including postal workers, are covered by the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), which is administered by the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. Under FECA, postal workers who are injured in the performance of their duties may collect compensation for medical expenses, wage loss, vocational rehabilitation, and other benefits.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP Represent Postal Workers

If you were injured on the job as a postal worker, contact a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Gross & Kenny, LLP. We will review your case and obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve. We serve clients throughout Pennsylvania from our office in Philadelphia. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 267-589-0090.

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