Minnesota postal worker killed at mail sorting facility.

Posted on Jan 04, 2014

A Minnesota postal worker was killed on the premises of the facility that he worked at by a truck backing into a loading dock.  While many postal worker injuries and fatalities occur on the roadways or during mail delivery to customers, there are a sizeable number that can occur in the facilities where mail is transported, sorted, and processed.  This story doesn’t specify whether the truck was a postal truck or one of the many vehicles owned or operated by independent truck drivers who are involved in transporting US Mail.   A similar incident occurred in Urbandale, Iowa in 2012, where a non-federal truck driver was killed in a postal distribution center.  Like this story, the fatal injury occurred when a truck was backing into a loading dock.   However, the Urbandale driver who was killed would not be eligible for benefits under FECA.  There is a separate procedure for lawsuits against the USPS that would involve the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).

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