Putting the paws on dog attacks
Australia Post is reaching out to communities across Australia, asking dog owners to help keep their postie and delivery drivers safe. This follows 280 dog incidents reported last financial year.
The incidents have resulted in our people sustaining a range of injuries, including fractures, lacerations and soft tissue damage.
These incidents are not just caused by the animal coming into contact with our people, many injuries occur when the postie tries to swerve to avoid the dog.
Australia Post trains its people to proactively manage encounters with dogs, but we need the public’s help too. We’re asking dog owners to help protect our delivery people and their neighbourhood by securing dogs behind adequate fencing, ensuring gates are secure, and keeping their pets away from the letterbox and the front door when accepting a parcel delivery.
“With the rise in online shopping we’re delivering more parcels to the door than ever. And this means our people are increasingly encroaching the dogs’ territory,” says Australia Post Executive General Manager Letters & Mail Network, Peter Bass.
“Even small, cute and mild-mannered dogs can have strong protective instincts to look after their territory or loved ones, and this means that any dog can pose a threat or safety concern if they’re not secured properly,” Bass said.