Postman Wins Faulty Bike Payout!

A postman has received £10,000 in compensation from the Royal Mail, as a result of a nasty fall from a faulty bicycle. The Colchester-based Eastgates post office worker suffered a painful shoulder injury due to the chain snapping and throwing him from the Royal Mail bicycle.

A postman has received £10,000 in compensation from the Royal Mail, as a result of a nasty fall from a faulty bicycle. The Colchester-based Eastgates post office worker suffered a painful shoulder injury due to the chain snapping and throwing him from the Royal Mail bicycle.

The postman involved was on his rounds in the Fordham area when the chain suddenly and unexpectedly snapped on his bicycle. This resulted in him being forcefully thrown onto the ground on Moat Road.

The unnamed postal worker was treated in hospital for cuts, bruises and a fractured left shoulder in 2011 and has reached an out-of-court settlement to the sum of £9,500 from the Royal Mail in recent weeks. The Royal Mail took full responsibly for the accident and has said that the safety of their postmen is of paramount importance, which is why they check the safety of their equipment on a regular basis.

This story has broken at a time when the Royal Mail are in the process of reducing their bicycle fleet and replacing more and more of them with vans and trolleys. They have said that the two events are not directly related and that they are changing the structure of their fleet as a result of the declining numbers of letters being sent. Conversely, the number of medium to heavy parcels and packages is on the rise, with vans and trolleys being able to transport these items a good deal quicker.

In a related statement, the Royal Mail has said that the new forms of transport will reduce the risk of this type of incident occurring to postmen. They have also stated that this will not be a straightforward switchover nationwide and that bicycles will still be used in areas where it is most appropriate for them to do so. This decision will come down to the local post offices and what they believe their area and the needs of their customers are most suited to.

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