Federal workers in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia face various threats that could increase the likelihood of an injury at work. Slippery floor surfaces, hazardous construction sites, dangerous machinery — these are just some of the risks that could cause a serious injury in the workplace. Research shows that 84,959 federal worker injuries took place in the final quarter of 2018.
Injuries caused by contact with animals can also pose a significant problem. Here are some of the most dangerous animals that pose a threat to federal workers.
Dogs are, perhaps, the most dangerous animal for federal workers in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, just like they are in other parts of the United States. Postal workers, in particular, are at great risk of dog bites when they deliver mail. This is just one of the reasons why USPS workers experienced a total of 42,749 injuries in the final quarter of 2018.
In 2017, 6,244 mail carriers were attacked by dogs. And dog bites can cause serious injury! A federal employee who is unable to work due to a dog bite may have to apply for federal workers’ compensation and seek medical assistance from OWCP doctors.
Why are dog bites so dangerous? Research shows they introduce bacteria into the body, which could cause serious or even fatal infections if left untreated.
2. Horses and Cows
It’s not just dogs that cause injuries for federal workers. Horses and cows can bite federal workers in rural areas, such as postal workers who cross farmland to deliver mail.
Horses, in particular, can cause serious injuries:
“Many horses are inclined to bite. It’s an unpleasant habit that can result in injured fingers and bruises,” says The Spruce Pets.
Horses can also kick, resulting in injuries to the face and limbs.
Although injuries from horses and cows are rare, federal workers should still take this threat into consideration. This might mean taking alternative routes in rural areas when carrying out their day-to-day duties.
Insect bites might seem like a trivial issue. However, they can cause a serious risk to federal workers in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. This is because hornets, wasps, and bees — three insects common in these areas — account for around 220,000 annual emergency department visits. In more severe cases, insect bites can cause serious infection, which might render a federal worker unable to work.
Federal postal workers face various challenges in the workplace. However, animal attacks are seldom talked about. The truth is, injuries from animals like dogs, horses, cows, and insects could result in a serious injury, time off work, and a loss in earnings.
Elite Healthcare Center has a team of trained professionals who may be able to help if you have been injured by an animal at work. Contact Elite Healthcare Center to find out more.