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What are some of the dangers postal workers face?

If you work for the United States Postal Service, you likely already know that there are federal government workers' compensation laws in place to provide compensation if you are injured on the job. You may or may not know that post office workers in Illinois, as well as the rest of the country, face a higher risk of workplace injuries than other federal workers.

According to Insurance Journal, there are about 34,000 workplace injuries reported by postal workers every year. Approximately 13,000 of them occur to those working in mail delivery. Over the past few years, injuries have lessened because of increased safety measures. However, postal workers continue to suffer on-the-job injuries at a disproportionate rate to other federal workers. Post office workers comprise about 22 percent of the federal job field, but made up about 39 percent of all work-related federal worker illnesses, injuries and deaths in fiscal year 2012.

Some of the most common hazards you may encounter during postal work include the following:

  • Dog bites - reported most frequently among workers on walking routes
  • Falling to the ground
  • Car collisions - the most frequently reported accident for mail deliverers in rural routes
  • Repetitive motion injuries - most often reported in long-term injury cases

The demanding physical nature most postal workers are responsible for, plus repetitive movements, create numerous circumstances in which you may suffer a work-related injury, disabling condition or fatality if you work for the USPS. The content in this blog is meant to give you general insight into the risks you may face as a postal worker, but should not be taken as legal advice.

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