With 14,500 Attacks On Postal Workers Over The Last Five Years
CWU And Royal Mail Successfully Launch 2017 Dog Awareness Week

Mon 3 July to Sat 8 July

The fifth annual Dog Awareness Week was successfully launched today (Monday 3rd July) and runs from 3 to 8 July 2017. The week aims to raise awareness of the issue of dog attacks on postmen and women and encourage responsible dog ownership.

Pic: info pic - click to downloadWith over a dozen media interviews completed this morning by Dave Joyce, CWU's National Health, Safety & Environment Officer; and coverage in national newspapers and local radio, it seems as the media campaign alone has been a success.

The internal campaign by Royal Mail and supported by the CWU will continue all week, with posters, meetings and video; putting over the message aimed at keeping staff safe from dangerous dogs.

The number of dog attacks on postmen and women has fallen on the previous year. This reduction in attacks is encouraging but it is still too high at 2,500 a year.

Every dog attack is one attack too many. On average there is still as many as seven attacks taking place each day, some leading to a permanent and disabling injury.

The CWU estimate a further 500 – 1000 minor attacks and near miss incidents may be going unreported.

A joint press release from both the Union and Royal Mail has been issued and circulated to all CWU Branches via Letter To Branches LTB378/17, whilst an earlier LTB sent out last week, provided details and downloads of information.

The full details of the campaign week, along with video and documents can be accessed from the North West BT Unions Health & Safety Co-ord website, which provides health and safety support and resources to the region's Union Safety reps from all the Union's constituencies.

You can download the latest press release here

Source: CWU / Dave Joyce / C Ingram

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