January 28, 2008 14:30 ET

Canada Post: Don't Bring your Letter Carrier Down During Cold Snap

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 28, 2008) - During the recent spell of bitterly cold and snowy weather, be kind to your letter carrier and "break the ice."

Canada Post is reminding Calgary and Southern Alberta residents to clear their property of snow and ice to ensure the safety of letter carriers and others who work door to door.

Within Calgary, residents must comply with a snow removal bylaw which specifies that snow must be cleared from sidewalks adjacent to a property within 24 hours.

A whopping 60 per cent of all injuries to carriers are slips, trips and falls. More than 70 per cent of all accidents occur on or near our customers' property.

"A simple trip can cause a lifetime of pain or disability. Please keep your walkways clear for the safety of anyone who might come to your door," says David Gylywoychuk, Director of Workplace Health & Safety, for Canada Post's Prairie Region.

Carriers walk about 10 km a day, serving about 800 addresses with full mailbags that may restrict their movement. Canada Post provides employees with special grips for their boots and appropriate winter clothing. The clearing and de-icing of stairs, walkways and driveways plays an important part in injury prevention.

If a carrier judges a walkway or set of stairs to be dangerous, he or she is not obligated to deliver to that particular address until the walking surfaces are safe. This can cause unnecessary delivery delays. In rural areas, Canada Post also needs our customers' co-operation to ensure the road leading to mailboxes and the area around it are cleared and safe for travel.

"Thanks to those customers who have assisted us by keeping their delivery access clear so far this winter. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated by our employees and Canada Post," adds Gylywoychuk.

Contact Information

  • Canada Post
    Sandra Sobko, Manager
    Media & Community Affairs
    403-974-2191, Calgary