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Workers who face the highest risk of dog bites

The typical scenario of on-the-job dog bites is that of a postal worker facing an aggressive canine. While letter carriers and other delivery employees certainly have a high risk of receiving dog bites, they are not the only ones who have to deal with this hazard.

If you are in any of the following outdoor occupations, you too are at risk of dog bites. Be prepared so you know what to do in the event of an attack and injury.

Jobs with the most risk of dog bites

Naturally, if you work on or around residential properties, you are the most at risk of a dog biting you. Besides mail delivery, these jobs include:

  • Construction
  • Pool service
  • Lawn care
  • Cable installation
  • Door-to-door sales
  • Meter reading and other utility service
  • Law enforcement

Having to enter a dog’s premises to do your job puts you directly in danger. The equipment you carry with you and the tasks you complete may also make you seem more menacing to dogs. Also, canines are more likely to bite males than females.

What to do if a dog bites you on the job

Although there are numerous prevention tips you can follow, a dog may still bite you. The first thing to do is wash the wound and seek medical attention immediately to avoid infection and disease. Possible long-term consequences are scarring, nerve damage and emotional distress.

Ask the owner for information regarding the dog and vaccinations. Report the incident to the police and to your supervisor so other workers can be aware of the danger. Next, speak to an attorney. You may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit, workers’ compensation claim or both depending on the circumstances of the incident.

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they can also be your biggest occupational hazard. Know and follow all safety standards to reduce the chances of a dog biting you this summer.

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