Postal Service Implementing Procedure to Reduce Dog Bites
It’s no secret that post office workers have long struggled with protecting themselves against defensive dogs while delivering the mail. Since the U.S. Postal Service has revamped their delivery methods to include weekend and after work drop-offs, there has been a double-digit increase in dog-related incidents over the past year. With that said, it’s critical for you to protect your dog with a comprehensive Canine Liability Insurance policy.
According to Bloomberg, attacks on postal employees are on the rise — in 2015 alone, they jumped 14 percent to 6,549, officials said. Houston led the way with 77, followed by San Diego and Cleveland with 58 each.
“Dogs view mailmen as trespassers invading their space. Let’s face it: a dog doesn’t have much to do all day if the house is empty but to sleep and wait for the mailman who comes around the same time each day,” said Michael Micali, who has walked the same route in Flemington, New Jersey, for 25 years. As the postal service delivered 4.5 billion packages last year, there are more opportunities for dogs to become a growing concern.
To combat this issue, the postal service has implemented new technology into their daily routes: Trip Hazard. This program allows for postal service workers to note aggressive dogs, unsafe steps, downed wires, icy walkways, and more. They can keep track of what houses need to be approached with more caution and hopefully reduce the number of dog bites they encounter. It was first introduced in May during National Dog Bite Prevention Week and is now available on every mobile delivery device.
This new technology isn’t just specifically for dog threats, either. From wild animals to farm animals, postal service workers encounter a variety of different threats. With this new procedure, they aim to reduce the double-digit incidents tremendously.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog-bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs, and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.