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Federal Times: Postal Service Work Can Be Hazardous Duty

By    |   Sunday, 15 Sep 2013 12:15 PM

The most dangerous federal government job is not law enforcement work, domestic antiterrorism duties or responding to environmental hazards – it's working for the U.S. Postal Service, according to the Federal Times.

Excluding military and overseas personnel, postal workers constituted a third of all federal
civilian employees who died on the job in 2012, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed.

Vehicle accidents played a role in the adverse numbers. Of the 54 federal employees killed on the job last year, 18 of them worked for the post office.

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“Rural carriers have to be alert and aware of danger on their routes,” said Jeanette Dwyer,
president of the National Rural Letter Carriers Association.

Dwyer said there is more traffic on U.S. roads than in the past, which is a factor since many letter carriers drive a great deal each day on their routes.

Jeffrey Williamson, chief human resources officer at the Postal Service, said the agency is trying to make sure workers have the tools and training to perform their jobs safely.

The BLS said deaths among law enforcement officers rose from six in 2011 to 12 in 2012.
Workplace fatalities for civilian workers at the Department of Defense totaled four in 2012.

Other domestic federal occupations that suffered fatalities in 2012 included eight on-the-job deaths among management and science positions, three construction and maintenance job deaths, and four fatalities among transportation and moving workers.

Besides traffic hazards, postal workers also face other workplace problems.

MLive.com, the website for a group of Michigan newspapers, said eight Post Office workers in Flint, Mich., alone have been bitten by dogs since October, 2012.

"One time is too many," said Ed Moore, a Postal Service spokesman. "When our carriers are out there delivering mail, they want to do so and go home without being injured."

"A lot of times it boils down to irresponsible pet owners," he said.

The Washington Post reported that the financial-strapped Postal Service is making plans to offer early retirement to thousands of management- and executive-level employees,
according to unidentified sources.

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