Posties? bodies on the line during mail delivery

POSTIES deal with dogs, magpies and cars everyday and Gladstone mail-woman Lindsay Purdon was hit by a car recently.

For her and many of her colleagues it's just one more accident to add to the list.

"I was coming up Bramston Street on the footpath because the traffic is so bad,'' Lindsay said.

"A guy has come up the side of the house and he's knocked my bags and gave me a big jerk. "I suffered side whiplash. "We have so many near misses. It gave me a big scare.''

Australia Post has begun distributing postcards to residents with "eight tips to keep your postie safe on the beat''.

The tips include keeping your dog behind the fence and exiting the driveway slowly.

Lindsay said dogs were one of the job's biggest hazards and she was bitten at least six times in the last 18 months.

Postal deliverer co-ordinator Debbie Maluga said the posties kept detailed notes about the dogs around Gladstone in a little black book.

"We have a book under the desk with all the evil dogs in it,'' Mrs Maluga said.

"If it's a particularly vicious dog, sometimes the whole street won't be delivered to.

"They're liable for any damage ? they get a letter of warning and then we tell council.



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