Postman back on his bike
Friday, 6th June, 2014
By Nick Gibbs
Motorists are being urged to take extra caution after a local postman was seriously injured as a result of a “freak accident”.
Errol Hyde had been delivering mail in Broken Hill for around eight years without incident before he was struck by a reversing car on Lane Street late last year.
“He started reversing and I was in his blind spot,” he said.
The vehicle only travelled around eighteen inches backward, but the force was enough to cause the bike to fall onto Mr Hyde’s right leg, breaking it in three places.
He said the collision was the result of unfortunate circumstances and certainly not the fault of the driver.
“Definitely not, it was a freak accident,” he said.
“He was an absolute gentleman.”
Although it was the first time he has been involved in a crash during his time as a postman, Mr Hyde said close calls were not unusual in the city.
“There are a lot of close calls, especially with blind spots,” he said.
Tall fences and concealed driveways, especially in lane ways, were considered particularly hazardous.
Australia Post Manager Rural Network Operations NSW, Peter King said Mr Hyde had only recently been able to return to work.
“Errol’s recovery time has been significant and he’s only just recently returned to work on restricted duties,” he said.
Mr King and Mr Hyde agreed drivers and postman had a shared responsibility to ensure riders were kept safe on the job.
“The very nature of our postie’s workplace - out in the community - means that everyone plays a role in helping to keep our posties safe. Residents need to take extreme care when reversing their cars to protect the safety of all people in their community, including posties,” Mr King said.
“It’s also important that residents ensure maximum visibility by removing anything that can obstruct their vision, such as overgrown or large trees and bushes. Our posties are always on the lookout for dangers, but with some help from our customers we can both make their daily jobs a lot safer.”