Thursday, June 19, 2008

Posties told to ditch bikes for trolleys

Tom Peterkin reports in UK's Telegraph that postmen have been told to use trolleys instead of bikes, so their shoulders are not injured carrying heavy mail bags.

"All delivery offices in the county are taking part in the trial, which aims to reduce shoulder strain by replacing the bike with "high-capacity" trolleys, which can carry more mail," writes Tom.

He says the move has not gone down well with all postmen and women.

One carrier is quoted as saying, "We are absolutely baffled. They tell us it is health and safety because of the big bags we have on our shoulders but the bikes have saddle bags, so that makes no sense either.

Royal Mail responds, "It is nonsense to suggest that we are phasing out the bike. We have 30,000 nationally and the bicycle is a key part of our equipment and will remain so."

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM