Anger as postie’s fall in rain puts stop to deliveries in Doncaster street
A POSTMAN’S slip on a wet pavement has triggered an all-out ban on deliveries to businesses on a Doncaster street on rainy days.
Yet, just days after the fall, Royal Mail bosses managed to deliver a letter telling companies in South Parade they would have to collect post from the sorting office.
Companies on the town centre street have been told that they would no longer receive deliveries in wet weather due to health and safety concerns following the accident.
A letter, from delivery boss Carol Wagstaff, said: “It has been brought to my attention that on June 8, one of our postmen sustained an injury whilst undertaking the delivery in your area.
“The incident occurred as a result of our postman slipping over due to the footpath and steps being covered by moss and algae and a health and safety risk assessment has been undertaken.”
It continued to explain that the wet weather turned the footpath into a “dangerous surface”.
Companies have described the reaction as “totally out of proportion”.
Accountant Amanda Henwood works at one of three businesses to appeal the decision.
She said: “It just isn’t acceptable for them to tell us to collect our own post on days when the weather is wet. Will they pay for the time or the expense we will incur going to the sorting office?”
Mrs Henwood’s concerns were echoed by Maxine Downes, from accountancy firm Woodford and Co, which has lodged a formal appeal.
Ms Downes added: “In our business we need to be able to rely on the post, and with the recent price rises, with a large letter now costing 90p, this just seems to be going too far.”
Royal Mail spokeswoman Morag Turnbull confirmed that mail deliveries had been suspended after a staff member broke his shoulder.
She said: “We have already raised this with Doncaster Council and aim to resume mail deliveries as soon as possible. In the meantime, customers can collect their mail from Doncaster Delivery Office.
“Royal Mail delivers to almost 29 million addresses across the UK so it is always a last resort if we decide not to deliver to a specific address or addresses. The safety and welfare of our staff is paramount and we only suspend deliveries if the safety of our postmen and women is at risk.”
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