There are countless horror stories about accidents in the workplace. But this is one of the most shocking acts by Post management towards an injured worker for a long time.
It took place a couple of weeks ago in a Melbourne suburb. A motorcycle postie fell off his bike. Another postie saw what had happened and went to help. The postie who fell was in agony. He had split his shin down the middle and had a serious knee injury. The 2nd postie contacted the delivery centre and requested an ambulance. Management confirmed an ambulance would be called.
What follows next is truly shocking.
Twenty minutes later still no ambulance. The 2nd postie contacted the delivery centre 3 times. Each time it was confirmed that an ambulance was on its way. Then the acting facility manager turned up. She informed that in fact no ambulance had been called. Indeed her role was to assess whether an ambulance was needed! It was and an ambulance was then called.
The injured postie lay on the ground in the rain for 24 minutes. A crowd had gathered around him, including an off-duty policeman who expressed concern to the acting manager for Post’s failure to call an ambulance for the injured worker earlier.
The behaviour of management in this case is shocking. If Post had a better safety policy in place that put workers first then this would never have happened.