CWU National Health and Safety Officer Statement On Joint
Royal Mail/CWU Dog Awareness Week
CWU as in previous years is running a Dangerous Dogs Awareness week with the Royal Mail.
National Health and Safety Officer Dave Joyce issued the following press release ahead of the start today (4th July) of the event:
"3000 dog attacks on Postal Workers a year is unacceptable and The whole idea of Dog Awareness Week is to highlight the problem and the repercussions.
Most dog attacks on Postmen and women occur at the doorstep of the dog's owner home.
The vast majority of our customers and their dogs aren't a problem but irresponsible and reckless dog owners are. The new dog control laws now identifies and penalises chronically irresponsible dog owners.
One owner was recently fined £8,800 after his dog injured and Postwoman as she put letters through the door. The penalties can include losing their dogs and Jail.
Dog owners need to fully understand that their actions usually are the cause of a dog being dangerous and simple precautions can prevent the pain for everyone concerned. No matter what breed of dog is involved, the dog can present a substantial danger to postal workers."
Top tips for dog owners to help the postman or woman deliver the post in safety:
• keep your dog indoors around the time that the postman calls to deliver mail.
• Before you open the door to collect a parcel or sign for an item - put your dog in another room.
• Make sure children don’t open the door, as dogs can push by them and attack the postman.
• If you have a back garden, close off the access, so your dog can't get round to the front when the postman calls.
• If your dog attacks the mail and could bite a postman’s fingers as he puts mail through your letterbox, please fit a letter box cage.
• If it’s not practical for you to keep your dog away from a postman delivering your mail, consider fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of your property.
Source: Dave Joyce / CWU