January 13, 2006 14:05 ET

Canada Post: Breaking the Ice with Your Letter Carrier!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 13, 2006) - Quebec 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 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.

Letter carriers walk approximately 10 km a day and serve some 800 addresses, thereby exposing themselves to serious risks in winter. How many times have you had trouble climbing the steps at your own home? Just imagine what this is like for your letter carrier. This situation is even more dangerous when carrying heavy bundles of mail in a satchel, sometimes weighing up to 16 kg (35 lbs.), which restricts letter carriers' movements and forces them to perform a balancing act.

Between November 2004 and March 2005, a total of 410 slips and falls caused by winter conditions were reported by letter carriers in Quebec. Many of these falls can have serious consequences, cause major injuries and even keep some letter carriers off work for long periods.

With the cooperation of each one of you, we can considerably reduce the number of injuries attributable to slips and falls. Please take a few minutes to shovel and especially de-ice the path leading to your mailbox, to ensure the safety of your letter carrier and delivery of your mail.

This winter, break the ice with your letter carrier!

Note: Letter carriers are available for interviews.

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