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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – If this is December, it must be winter, and the first snowfall of the season is a reminder of what winter can be like in Ohio.

The Postal Service’s Northern Ohio District is once again asking customers to help clear a path free of snow and ice for the safe delivery of mail by letter carriers.

“Sidewalks and streets are our carrier’s work environment,” Vanessa Hutchinson, acting Postal Service safety manager for northeastern Ohio, says, “and winter slips, trips and falls take their toll on employees. Injuries from falls bring pain and suffering and in some cases can be life-changing events for our carriers,” she explains. “Many carriers suffer disabling fractures that require extensive medical attention.” “We are concerned for the safety of our employees,” Hutchinson states, “but we also want to assure there are no delays in mail delivery caused by carriers being unable to approach mailboxes safely.”

Letter carriers are advised to not risk a vehicle accident or a fall if access to a mailbox is not free of snow or ice, she says.

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Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News