The heat index hit 101 degrees Fahrenheit in the middle of June when a mailman in Iowa called for help finishing his route. The air was thick with humidity, making it harder for his body to cool itself. He had already spent more than five hours alternating between a truck with no air conditioning and deliveries on foot with a bag full of mail. Later, a coworker who saw him at a gas station would remember how pale and clammy his skin looked.

But the head of his post office chided him for complaining — responding, “How hot do you think it is in Afghanistan?” — and told him to keep going, according to inspection records from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). By the time the mailman stopped working three hours later, he’d fallen sick from the heat, his body shaking uncontrollably. He couldn’t come to work the next day. Two of his colleagues also had symptoms of heat stress. “There was no regard for the employee’s health,” an OSHA inspector wrote about the incident.

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Management Doesn’t Give A Fat Rats Ass about Craft Employees
All they care about is those Numbers and Making their selves look Good, while Sitting in an Air-conditioned Office

You are absolutely correct. It’s a shame the way some of them treat the carriers.

They force you to take the job? Don’t think so. Only losers complain about their plight after they agree to the deal.

Fact, I’m blessed to have a management team that does care, but that team is moving on to other things, the District sure as Hell doesn’t give a F about us. Let’s see how they like it when we all call in sick for a week straight. #SickOut #WalkOut

and that’ll roast them!

Well, they’ve always told us that our safety is first and foremost. That doesn’t appear to be true, does it? This is really upsetting.
When you call in from home or the route, I’ve had bosses smart off like this one did. They are not professional and should never speak to us that way!

Well if I have ever have to call for heat illness and I get crap like that person did I’m telling them I’m coming back to office now and going home. At my old station I did call and management came and got me didnt want me to drive my truck made sure i had enough water had ne sit for awhile before going home i called out next day .

It very much depends on the Station Manager, and if they started out as a Carrier or a Clerk!
If they used to be a Carrier they are much more likely to be sympathetic, because they have lived it!!

Wendy, yes and no. Some of them get these positions and turn into someone you never knew. Don’t want to be to harsh. They let the position go to their head maybe their feet. Not sure.

and what will their punishment be? absolutely nothing!!!

That’s what gets me. What’s beening done about the management that dosen’t perform his or her duties. All I ever here is file a grievance. Well that system needs to be revamped. It takes tooo long.

WRONG….. he’ll get a PROMOTION!

This shows you that our NALC is a piece of shit. These routes are way too long and you gave us intentionally understaffed to do pivots so management could get a bonus. The NALC does not represent the letter carriers anymore they sell out to management so they could get under the table payments from management. FRED ROLANDO looks like DPMG than a NALC President with that suit.

It is USPS managements fault, not the NALC!!
Without the right to strike a Union has no teeth!!

It’s all irrelevant. Both sides have issues and the worker is in the middle. If you don’t want to work for the USPS shut up and get out. It’s not for you!

Carriers need to either call 911 then the supervisor or drive back to the post office if possible. Secure the mail and leave to the ER.! Your life isn’t worth it! The mail will get delivered. Do not be afraid to save your own life.

let’s face it. We have become a society of take care if me company its your responsibility. last I heard that’s socialism. when you are hired and apply for the job you are told of all theses conditions. Yet some shaddy people hide their conditions so they can work for usps. No company should have to hold your hand if they tell you up front what you are applying for. You get paid for it and if its not for you get a different job. Cops, firefighters teachers.bank tellers just some jobs that face dangers and you don’t see them… Read more »

OSHA says it was USPS at fault!!

Well, when you are lied to in training and in the interview it is a problem. I understood the conditions, but they make it 10x’s worst!

Sounds like someone is worried about the numbers ????

Jim Beam my rear …… sounds like Megan Brennan.

I worked for the USPS as a Letter Carrier for many years in Florida. Management had absolutely no regard for employee safety! Not only did they send us out in non-A/C trucks,they sent us out in stormy weather and only called back to the office when Hurricane level winds, 75 MPH, was reported. They sent us out at night in the dark,some nights as late as 9:00PM, on walking routes where you had to cross grass with dips and holes, and then wrote you up for falling or “injuring yourself”. They sent us out in trucks so old an rickety… Read more »

Mailmen and Women have been delivering mail in bad weather since the civil war. We are paid well for the job we do. Either retire ,quit or find another job. Its not for everyone. Stop being a SNOWFLAKE…

There were rotary phones back in the day but you don’t use one now!!!! That’s what’s wrong with the system now. Carriers like you who are up in management’s ass!!

You sound miserable, why don’t you find another job and quit?

Easy for you to say get a bad injury and be forced to hide it or harassment will be their remedy
I hate working in Post office did it 30 years thankful I could retire.

You must be a 204B and or not very educated. Temperature now days are hell a lot hotter then back civil war days.

Paid well? You must be on tier 1 of the pay table. I’m on tier 2 and am not”paid well”

Sounds like another one is worried about their numbers also

Payed well? No honey my husband was paid almost 200k a year to babysit some scientist on a government ship. 50-70k is shit to be delivering mail in 114 degrees heat. These USPS employees don’t even have AC in their metal trucks. Snowflakes? Ok.

If you only knew how we are treated at the post office. It is horrible!!! They don’t care about you or your health. All they care about is you make them look good by getting the mail out by a certain time. I was once in a truck that had no fan, I had to use twi hands to turn the wheel and it broke down. I got sick, threw up 3 times called the office and was told they have to try and find someone to help me. They did, but at the of the route. It is the… Read more »

You can always quit you know. Why would you stay at a job like the one you described? Makes 0 sense.

Honestly, I’ve been working for a local post office for 6 years. At times it has been inconvenient or hot. I have been very confused and not known the route well. It’s true I have not worked in the worst environment like Arizona. But I do see my experience at the post office as one of growth. We should not be criticizing our bosses and supervisors for their honest leadership. There may be a few bad ones but generally they are concerned with delivering the mail. They are not out to get us. They are not against us. As an… Read more »

What did you guys expect to deal with when you applied for and accepted the job as a mail carrier? If you can’t take the heat. get out of the kitchen!

Lots of managers and supervisors really hard up to make the numbers today

Stop being so judgmental, Tracy. No need for it.

Are you a carrier? If so, then tell me about your wonderful situation, I’d really like to hear it.

Tracy, I see in several comments you tell people to quit. You don’t know their circumstances. Also the PO is not all it’s suppose to be or can be. They are so far behind in technology and human relations until it’s pitiful. The only thing I have to say good about it is it’s the only place you will always have a job due to the NO LAY OFF clause in the contract; of which may disappear someday.

The carrier has to make the call if he/she feels too ill to continue. Our health and well being is more important. Mgmt always says your safety first. Eventhough he was told to continue he should have have stopped took sick leave and go to er or go home and stay off work for 3days and come back to work with drs report n shoved it in his face and filed a grievance.

Then Osha please do something about this how many more lives does it take before anyone will do anything hmm I think I’ll write a letter to the president with a I don’t think I’ll say everyone and anyone knows I’m not afraid to speak up to anyone even if it’s higher than our management team.Don’t be afraid to speak up to someone that listens even if it’s higher than the Postmaster general if she done listen someone higher than her that’s in the government you never know

Similar problems here in the UK,some rounds are too long with the pressure increasing. We’ll support you all the way until something goes wrong and then its your fault. Damn the fools who sold Royal Mail ! Keep up the good work fellow posties

Speaking as someone who went to the hospital with heat exhaustion, this is REAL. I’m in Houston I was walking with No trees or shade and I felt like I was dying. A customer saved my life. Once he get heat exhaustion it’s easy to get it again.

Also, the USPS postal approved uniforms could be updated. Summer shirts could be those Dri Fit types.

I agree with this 100%. I overheard a regular tell a CCA to wear that under their uniform and they’ll be fine. Since, I’m on the safety team in my office. I took the liberty to contact some of the producers of this technology and this type of product is to be worn by itself. You can’t cover it up with our shirts. There NOT breath able. Heck, my favorite is the quick rain shower & it still takes forever for your shorts/pants to dry…NOT, my favorite.

Asked to move start time up 15-30 mins to avoid hottest part of the day as much as possible. Was told we couldn’t because their computer program would not allow any start time before 7:00 a.m.

B.S. need I say more?!

Suck it up. WE’RE ALL HOT. If you can’t hack it in the outside environment, go home and find another career. Perhaps you’d be better off delivering the morning paper from the car. We all knew what we were getting in to when we signed up. Good grief with all the snowflakes????????‍♂️ So many malingerers in the USPS.

No need to be crab. Back in the day…no one got on you like stink on sh*t. I deliver every piece of mail to each house-even if there only getting 1 pc & I see careers coming back with 1-2 feet of mail to go back out the next day. Funny is I even had to go help them deliver. Lol.