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2014-06-11

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Lifting and carrying in the Post Office

Australia Post workers in Post Offices are bearing the brunt of dealing with heavy parcels.

Large bulk parcels are accepted over the counter and heavy parcels are carded back to Post Offices after failed attempt to deliver to costumers. Post Offices have no room to store parcels. Installation of shelving has assisted. But parcels still have to be moved and lifted onto shelves (where they exist).

Last financial year (2012-13) lost time injuries increased by 14% in AP Retail in Vic.

In the age of online shopping AP’s parcel business continues to experience strong volume and revenue growth. Across the country Post Offices are being altered to optimise parcel delivery service to customers. We all support increasing foot traffic into Post Offices but AP needs to eliminate or, at least, minimise exposure to heavy lifting and carrying.

If you want a safer workplace then start by electing HSRs and setting up local health and safety committees. If you would like some help with this contact your union.

Your help is needed to address this matter. Please give us information about your workplace on the following:

  • Do you have to lift heavy parcels?
  • Do you have to carry heavy parcels?
  • Do you have to push or drag heavy parcels?
  • Is there any lifting equipment in your post office?
  • Are workers trained in the use and maintenance of lifting equipment?

We can use your general information in our arguments at the national level.

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