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Dog attacks UPS driver

STAFF REPORT


The driver, shown here with his right arm heavily bandaged, had to leave his truck at the scene of the incident while he sought medical attention at a local hospital. The vehicle was picked up later by UPS personnel. 
(Ledger photo/ TIM GULLA) The driver, shown here with his right arm heavily bandaged, had to leave his truck at the scene of the incident while he sought medical attention at a local hospital. The vehicle was picked up later by UPS personnel. (Ledger photo/ TIM GULLA) A UPS driver had to be taken for medical treatment Wednesday after he was attacked by a dog while delivering a package on West Buford Street.

According to the Gaffney Police Department, the 29-yearold driver from Boiling Springs was delivering a package in the 1700 block at approximately 5:30 p.m. when the incident occurred.

When a person inside the home opened the door to the home, police reported, a black-colored dog weighing 85 to 90 pounds ran out and attacked the UPS driver, causing a “severe injury” to the driver’s arm.

Gaffney police and paramedics from Upstate EMS responded. Paramedics bandaged up the driver’s arm and subsequently took him to Mary Black Health System — Gaffney, for treatment. The driver’s truck was locked up and left at the West Buford Street home until other UPS personnel could retrieve it.

The city’s code enforcement officer subsequently visited the home but did not issue any citations, it was confirmed.

While statistics for UPS weren’t immediately available, dog bites are an occupational hazard for delivery drivers. The U.S. Postal Service reported that 5,581 postal employes were attacked by dogs in 2013, for instance. Children, elderly and postal carriers are the most frequent victims of dog bites, according to the safety campaign for National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

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