31% INCREASE IN FATAL ACCIDENTS
In January, 2005, 32 UPS vehicles had been involved in a fatal accident in the previous 30 months (1.066/month). In May, 2007, this number has risen to 42 vehicles being involved in a fatal accident (again in the previous 30 month period.) This is a rate of 1.4/month.
1.4 per month/1.066 per month = 31% increase in the compared periods of time.
UPS WINS AWARD FOR
"When the program began, UPS workers were reporting injuries-mostly sprains and strains-at a rate of 27.2 injuries per 200,000 hours worked. By the end of 2004, UPS got the injury rate down to 10.2 for every 200,000 hours worked. By 2007, the company wants the injury rate down to 3.2," according to Workforce Management Magazine (3/1/2005).
"Confronted with unacceptably high injury rates, United Parcel Service Inc. took a chance and flipped its traditional top-down management approach to a ground-up safety program fashioned by drivers and parcel handlers...Initially, management was reluctant to give up the reins. 'We are talking about 90 years of culture,'' Jones (Keith Jones, director of health and safety for UPS) says. 'It was really a challenge for us culturally to give up some of our authority to nonmanagement folks.' ''
UPSER WINS RIGHT TO PRE-TRIP VEHICLE MORE COMPLETELY
UPS insisted that Beverly Calhoun inspect his set of doubles according to the UPS methods or be disciplined. Calhoun insisted upon running his hands along the brake hoses to inspect for knots, bulges, cuts or flat spots. Visual inspection does not always find defects.
Calhoun was fired twice for taking apart the doubles assigned to him. Since he was unsure about the yard shifters' inspection of equipment, Calhoun would routinely pull the doubles apart to inspect the fifth wheel and that they had been put together correctly.
In the end Calhoun prevailed. Even though he his now retired, Calhoun fought for the safety of UPSers. And he vows to continue the fight for safety if UPS appeals. Though the monetary settlement is small, UPS is ordered to post this DOL ruling at every facility.
Court Calls Safety Program "A Facade"
"In Thomas J. Robidoux, et al v. United Parcel Service, the Superior Court of Hartford found that “Because it appears that the defendant is separately encouraging its drivers to deliver faster and more efficiently on the one hand and criticizing them heavily for unsafe work habits on the other hand without any coordination of those two forces, the court can only conclude that the safety program is but a facade. This conclusion is reinforced by the fact that the company does not investigate the cause of the injury. These two people were disciplined not for violation of safety but for filing workers’ compensation claims”" REPORT ADDED 6/20/05
IN 2006, UPS HAS 217 FACILITIES ON
OSHA's LEAST BEST LIST
The 217 facilities are in the 26 states monitored by the federal OSHA agency. It doesn't, for instance, include California. If all 50 states were monitored, UPS could easily have 400 of the country's unsafest facilities. Every year OSHA lists the "least best" workplaces in the U.S. and sends them a letter. Workplaces on the list this year had 5.3 or more DART (Days Away from work, Restricted work or job Transfer) injuries or work-related illnesses per 100 full-time workers The national average is 2.4 per 100 workers
The National average has dropped from 2.6 injuries per 100 workers in 2004 to 2.4 injuries per 100 workers in 2006. The DART rate takes into account not just lost workday but also restricted work or transfer because of injuries (TAW).
UPS Facilities on Osha's Least Best List
2004 - 209 Facilities
2005 - 240 Facilities
2006 - 217 Facilities (Includes UPS Freight & UPS Cartage)
UPS does not release the details of its accident and injury record.
NABER has been hearing about safety issues with the P500. There seems to especially be problems with P5's with new tires. P5's are going out of control without any warning. Some have flipped over and drivers have only been saved by their seatbeats.
Some mechanics have the opinion that the new tires have to be broken in for 1000 miles. Some drivers believe it has to do with "recaps" being on the front. The P500's may not have enough weight for the rear tires to grip adequately. A UPS mechanic informed NABER that UPS instructs mechanics to UNDERINFLATE the tires up to 35 lbs. under the manufactuer's recommendations on UPS vehicles.
Please, if anyone has more information on P500 safety issues email email@example.com UPDATED 3/9/2005
UPS SAFETY GOALS
According to UPS's website the company has reduced lost workdays by 65%. From 11.1 lost workdays (per 200,000 hours) in 2000 to a mere 3.9 in 2004. The 2007 goal is 3.2 injuries per 200,000 hours. The company credits CHSP, equipment improvement, and training for the dramatic reduction of lost workdays
What the website does not mention however is how the company uses Temporary Alternative Work as a means of reducing lost workdays. TAW doesn't really reduce injuries just the lost workdays. A truly safe workplace is about reducing injuries. Using TAW to sweep injuries under the carpet is merely a numbers ploy not a safety strategy.
According to this same website, drivers have reduced their number of accidents to 17.8 per 100,000 hours. This number is more realistic than the one on another company website that contends that drivers average less than one accident per million miles driven.UPDATED 6/28/05
"UPS drivers are among the safest on the road. Our 95,000 drivers worldwide log more than two billion miles a year and average less than one accident per million miles driven."
TAW PAY REDUCTION
NABER has learned that drivers in North Carolina and Virginia have had their wages reduced while on TAW for a job related injury. There is supposedly a back room agreement between the union and company regarding this. The scale is $8.50 for work performed while on TAW, yet this agreement appears on no contract suppliment. UPSer will have to file a workers' comp claim to receive full compensation for job related injuries. Are other parts of the country doing this? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org UPDATED 3/17/05
Top Ten OSHA Violations
According to a TDU article here is the top ten OSHA Violations at UPS in order of occurrence, ADDED12/19/04
1. Hazard communication (hazmat)
2. Wiring, conduit and related hazards
3. Electrical equipment
4. Exit routes
5. Floor openings, guards and rails
6. Housekeeping, walkway clearance
7. Machine safety guards
8. Power transmission belts
9. Forklifts and powered trucks
10. Grounding of electrical equipment
NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF "BROWN" EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES
UPS GETS A PASS ON SAFETY CHECKS BY COMERCIAL VEHICLE ENFORCEMENT
According to Attorney Paul Taylor, "not one carrier was inspected with less frequency than UPS, or at a rate of inspections close to that of the inspections performed on UPS commercial vehicles by law enforcement." The inspection rate for UPS is one for every 16 power units. UPS equipment is placed "out of service" 10.8% of the time it is inspected.
Walmart Transportation for example is placed "out of service" only 6.5% of the time yet is inspected once for every 1.6 power units. This amounts to 10 times as often even though its "out of service" rate is better. The average for Teamster companies about 1 for every 2 units. ARTICLE
UPS IS FINED $71,700 FOR TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE OF FATAL ACCIDENT
Utah's OSHA accused UPS of tampering with evidence connected to a fatal employee accident, lying to investigators and then trying to hide its actions." UPS management "deliberately and knowingly removed and/or altered equipment, materials or other evidence" ARTICLE
"We have to give them (employees) a place where they can work safely and not get hurt."
-Michael Eskew C.E.O. speaking at the M.I.T. School of Engineering about UPS's goals for 2007. VIDEO
The question is: Why didn't UPS provide a safe work environment by NOW???
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