January 25, 2007 08:30 ET

Canada Post: Breaking the Ice With Your Letter Carrier!

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 25, 2007) - East Coast winters elicit a whole range of emotions in each of us. Bitter cold, howling winds, deep snow, driving ice pellets, and freezing rain all bring their share of complaints, but these conditions also create a veritable obstacle course for your letter carrier. Working in these harsh weather conditions each year results in falls on slippery, icy or snow-covered stairways, walkways and driveways.

Canada Post Letter carriers walk approximately 10 km a day and serve some 800 addresses. How many times have you had trouble climbing the steps at your own home? Now just imagine what this is like for your letter carrier. This situation is even more dangerous because our employees carry heavy mailbags weighing up to 16 kg (35 lbs.). The added weight restricts their movements forcing them to perform a balancing act.

During the winter, multiple slips and falls caused by winter conditions are reported by letter carriers. Many of these falls can have serious consequences, cause major injuries and even keep some letter carriers off work for long periods of time.

With your cooperation, we can considerably reduce the number of injuries from slips and falls. Please take a few minutes to shovel your walkways and driveways. More importantly, de-ice the path leading to your mailbox, to ensure the safety of your letter carrier and the uninterrupted delivery of your mail.

This winter, break the ice with your letter carrier!

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