The Hazards Postal Carriers Face
The other day, an envelope showed up in my mailbox containing a form letter from our local postmaster.
It was a warning/alert that postal employees face all sorts of hazards on the job and that we, the customers, need to do things to make their job safer. The letter said some postal customers will be hearing from their delivery person shortly about problems that need addressing.
The letter reminds the public about conditions to be maintained to keep postal workers safe, including:
- "Keep your property free of tripping hazards.
- "Ensure that steps are well maintained.
- "Provide a railing for any area with four or more steps.
- "Keep curbside boxes clear of vehicles and garbage cans.
- "Properly restrain your dogs.
- "Move mailboxes outside of a fence of screened porch.
- "Move mailboxes that are not at the proper height, such as a door slot that is located at the bottom of the door."
In June a postal worker was killed in a dog attack in California. The United States Postal Service says 2,863 of its employees were attacked by dogs last year.
By the way, at the same time the Postal Service is asking customers to make life safer for its workers, the Labor Department says the USPS needs to fix electrical violations at 350 facilities around the country. The department reported: