Postal workers in New Jersey and around the country have to face some serious obstacles every day to make sure the mail gets delivered. They have to work in rainy, cold and otherwise bad weather, and they might be dealing with aches and pains associated with the job. In addition, they’re likely to come face-to-face with an aggressive dog.
Mail carriers reported more than 5,800 dog attacks in one recent year. In fact, part of mail carrier training involves knowing what to do if there is an aggressive dog present and what to do if one attacks. If you are a postal carrier, here are some tips to prevent personal injury and keep you safe on the job.
Never pet a dog
Even though a dog might appear friendly, looks can be deceiving. It would be best for you to never take a chance with a dog. Even smaller dogs can sometime cause serious and costly injuries.
Don’t hand-deliver mail
It is advisable not to place mail directly in the hands of the resident. This is especially true for children. The dog may view you as a threat to their human and attack.
Be aware of your surroundings
To prevent personal injury from a dog bite, be sure you are fully aware of what is going on around you, and be prepared for there to be a dog at every house you deliver mail to. Be ready to run somewhere for safety should you need to, and also be aware of any obstacles in your way.
Know how to defend yourself
If you were attacked, know what you could use to put in between you and the dog. Your mail satchel could be a good tool to use defensively and offensively should you be attacked.
If you have been the victim of a dog attack while delivering mail, you have the right to pursue compensation for medical bills and lost time from work. Consulting an experienced personal injury attorney may help you seek a positive outcome.