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Postal workers regularly suffer bites from family pets

| Dec 21, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

When you’re working as a postal officer, you are doing a tough job. You have to deliver mail and packages to people all around your local area. Sometimes, those people have easy access to their mailboxes or porches. Other times, you may have to try to navigate closed fences or patio spaces.

The problem for many postal workers is that there are often dogs that may become territorial on their routes. In 2019, 5,803 U.S. Postal Service (USPS) workers were attacked by dogs, showing just how common a problem it really is.

What are some of the worst cities for dog bite attacks?

The USPS does keep track of dog attacks and where they occur. In 2019, the top 20 cities for attacks were released on their website. Among them, California’s cities were listed a few times. For example, in Los Angeles, 74 attacks occurred. In Sacramento, 25 attacks happened. Long Beach had 21 attacks.

In the top 10 dog bite states, California unfortunately ranked No. 1 with 777 overall bites in 2019 from various sources.

What can people do to keep postal workers safer?

To keep postal workers safe from dangerous dogs, homeowners can place their dogs in a separate area when opening the door. They can also remind children and family members to avoid taking mail directly from the carrier, since this could be seen as a threat by the pet.

If a post officer regularly feels endangered by a dog, they may ask the owner to come pick up their mail at the local Post Office location until the pet can be restrained safely. Postal workers can file a claim for workers’ compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and more if they suffered a dog bite while at work.

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