Postmen and women have been victorious over postman dog attacks in the UK according to reports. The Bite Back Campaign was launched in 2007 but there have been 26,000 dog attacks on postal workers since, some of which have resulted in serious injury. The number of postal workers injured by dogs is on the increase and is a particular problem during summer time when families allow their dogs to play in the garden. Many owners state that their dogs never bite but, as many dogs instinctively protect the property, dogs that don’t normally bite may still attack the postman. As a result of this, Royal Mail workers have been told that, if they have doubts about entering a property due to a dog roaming free, they should not deliver the mail. The Bite Back campaign has resulted in a change in the law which could see dog owners jailed for up to five years for an attack of this nature. The aim is to help people realise that their postman is entitled to carry out his job safely without incident or attack by an animal.
Your right to safety at work
Postman dog attacks are often seen as ‘just a hazard of the job’ but all hazards must be controlled by employers to the best of their ability. In this case, postal workers are advised to avoid the hazard in order to make their health and safety a priority. This is the same in any position where there are potential hazards and risk of an accident or injury and training should be provided to all employees to help reduce this risk. Should a postal worker choose to enter a property with a dog present, it is at his/her own risk as advice and training has been provided to help them control their own health and safety. If no advice was given or postal workers were expected by employers to deliver mail at a risk to their safety, then they could make a compensation claim if injured. If you have had an accident or injury at work and it was someone else’s fault, you too could make a compensation claim.
Work accident compensation
Accident Advice Helpline is available to call 24/7 if you have had an accident at work that was the fault of someone else. Should you have evidence of negligence you could be entitled to a cash payout from the party at fault and we can help take you through this process step by step. We offer no-obligation advice and operate on a no win, no fee* policy so you don’t have to pay upfront to pursue your right to compensation.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown