The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says an intersection in west Edmonton is putting workers' lives at risk.

The union says four workers have been struck by vehicles while using an uncontrolled crosswalk near a mail processing plant at 149 Street and 121A Avenue.

In the most recent incident, a worker was hit by a pickup truck on Friday around 5:30 p.m. He is currently in hospital in serious condition with multiple broken bones. 

Bev Ray

Union president Bev Ray said she has petitioned both Canada Post and the City of Edmonton to make the intersection more safe, but has yet to see any action. (CBC)

Now, union president Bev Ray is calling on Canada Post to work with the city to make the crosswalk safer for workers.

Part of the problem, said Ray, is the limited number of parking spaces near the processing plant  forcing workers to park in nearby side streets. 

As a result, Ray said, hundreds of postal workers are forced to use the unlit crosswalk at all hours of the day. This is particularly dangerous at rush hour, she added.

The union says it has petitioned Canada Post to work with the city to make changes at the intersection, but has yet to see any changes.

"Basically, what I've been asking – I asked the director that yesterday – was that does it take a fatality for the city and Canada Post to decide that a bit of money is worthwhile [for] saving a few lives," said Ray.

Canada Post did not reply to the CBC's request for an interview on Saturday.