The Post Office has released its annual rankings of worst cities for dog attacks on postal workers. According to their press release, 6,755 postal workers were attacked by dogs in 2016, over 200 more than in 2015.
USPS takes steps to prevent dog attacks. For example, the Package Pickup application on usps.com asks customers if there is a dog at their address when they schedule pickups. Information is provided to letter carriers on their delivery scanners, which also sends real-time updates if an unleashed dog is reported in their delivery area.
“The scanners that Postal Service letter carriers use to confirm a customers’ delivery include a feature for carriers to include the presence of a dog at an individual address,” said USPS Safety Director Linda DeCarlo. “This information is particularly helpful for substitute carriers who fill in for regular carriers on their days off.”
Dog attacks qualify as a work-related injury, therefore, possibly making you eligible for OWCP workers’ compensation or federal disability retirement.
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