'Bubble wrap postie' safety campaign
This October we're launching a safety campaign to raise awareness about the danger of reversing cars - to our posties, and to the wider community.
The campaign coincides with the national Safe Work Australia Week (24 - 30 October). It's designed to highlight the fact that we can't wrap our posties in bubble wrap, so we're asking for everyone's help to keep both them and other pedestrians safe.
We're asking drivers to slow down, toot your horn and be wary of posties and other footpath users by carefully checking all directions before reversing from their driveways.
Why we need your helpOver the last year alone, there were 128 incidents across Australia where posties were involved in incidents with reversing vehicles. Some posties were seriously hurt in driveway related incidents.
Download our Direct Mailer (2.24mb), which was distributed to more than 400,000 households in 14 postcodes identified as hot spots for incidents involving reversing cars over the past 12 months.
Keep your postie safe
More than 9,000 posties across the country deliver to some 11.3 million physical addresses each business day. Posties spend most of their working days on the footpath or the road.
Some of the biggest risks that posties face while they deliver your mail are blind driveways, roundabouts and unrestrained dogs. It's not just our posties that face these dangers either. Other people, including children and pedestrians using footpaths and cyclists on roads could be in harm's way too.
We make sure our posties have protective equipment, high visibility flags and clothing to make them easier to spot. They also undergo comprehensive safety training. Above all though, we rely on the entire community to help look after their safety.
Find out how to spot potential hazards around your house. Download an illustrated hazard spot check (120kb).
How you can help:
- When you reverse from your driveway, back out slowly, toot your horn and carefully check in all directions
- Keep your bins and piles of leaves away from the footpath
- Clear any fallen branches or sticks from the footpath
- Keep kerbside rubbish out of the way and in a tidy pile
- Keep your dogs secured behind a sturdy fence, or on a leash
- Leave a note on your letterbox to warn the postie if there's a swooping magpie nearby
- Prune overhanging vegetation and clear other obstructions to improve visibility
- Report potholes to your local council
- Leave a warning note on your letterbox if you have a slippery path
- Put rakes and other tools and toys away when you've finished using them
- Sweep loose dirt and gravel away, especially around your letterbox
Reduce the threat from dogs Click to expand Click to collapse
To deliver letters, posties have traditionally needed access to your letterbox. Things have changed a bit though. Everyone's shopping online now, which means more parcels are being delivered. To deliver parcels, posties often need to enter gates and approach front doors.
For that reason, we're asking everyone to please make sure their dogs are safely behind the fence. Even the friendliest or most timid dogs can hurt posties, or pose a general threat to people if they're not restrained properly.
- There are about 350 dog-related postie incidents across Australia each year. On average, that's almost one incident every day.
- The risk goes beyond bites - unrestrained dogs sometimes cause accidents by knocking posties off their motorbikes. Often they'll run in front of or under wheels. Incidents can even happen when the owners are present.
What you can do to help:
- Make sure your dog can't fit any part of its body over, under or through the fence.
- Secure your dog behind a gate or on a leash if it's outdoors, away from the letterbox.
- Keep your dog away from the front door when you're accepting a parcel delivery.
Watch out on roundabouts Click to expand Click to collapse
Most postie incidents happen on footpaths, where they spend most of their time on their delivery rounds. Posties also ride on the road though, and that exposes them to higher risks of being seriously injured.
There's far more traffic on the roads, travelling at much higher speeds. Even though posties dress in high vis and carry flags on their motorbikes, they're not always seen by other road users. And if this is the case for our posties, then other cyclists and motorbike riders are at an even higher risk of not being seen on the road.
What you can do to help:
- Slow down when you're travelling through roundabouts and intersections. Always be aware of motorbikes and bicycles.
- Check for blind spots when you change lanes.
- When you're turning right off a roundabout, keep a careful eye out for motorbikes and bicycles. They're often harder to see than cars, and it's easy to underestimate how fast they're travelling.
Is your letterbox safe? Click to expand Click to collapse
You mightn't have given much thought to your letterbox recently, but your postie thinks about it every day.
Your letterbox needs to keep your mail safe, both from the elements and from unwanted attention. It's also important that it's constructed and situated properly too.
Your letterbox should make it safe and easy for your postie to deliver your mail, and for you to retrieve it.
What you can do to help:
- Clear away overhanging branches and surrounding shrubbery that might make it hard to access your letterbox.
- Wherever you can, make slippery surfaces safer.
- Make sure your letterbox doesn't have any sharp or jagged edges.
- Check that your letterbox is accessible in all kinds of weather.
- Make sure the postie can deliver your mail without breaking any local or state traffic laws.
Download a copy of our Safe Letterbox requirements (272kb) to make sure your letterbox has our stamp of approval.