Hazards such as uneven surfaces or distracted walking can pose a serious threat to Postal Service™ employees. Last year, the United States Postal Service reported over 16,000 Postal Service employees were victims of a slip, trip, or fall.
Most slip, trip, and fall incidents involve mail carriers. They tripped stepping onto a curb or uneven sidewalks, slipped on wet surfaces and fell because they missed steps exiting vehicles, didn’t use handrails on stairs, or stepped into a hole in a customer’s yard. The common factor in all these accidents was inattention, and almost half of the injuries resulted in at least one day away from work.