Unsanitized Bathrooms and Working While Sick: Postal Workers Flood OSHA With Coronavirus Complaints

As more than 1,200 USPS workers test positive for COVID-19, employees file allegations about unsafe conditions.

Dozens of U.S. Postal Service employees have filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration due to conditions they allege are unsafe during the novel coronavirus pandemic. This is more employees than have filed complaints against any other federal agency during the outbreak, and among the most of any private or public entity.

USPS workers have sounded the alarm on issues ranging from a lack of personal protective equipment to employees facing requirements to continue working after being exposed to the virus, according to data OSHA released this week. It includes only cases already closed that were filed between Feb. 24 and April 6. More than 1,200 of the Postal Service’s 630,000-person workforce, or about 0.2% of its employees, have tested positive for the virus.

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