Working adults across Ohio are preparing to face a new day on the job. Workers pour their coffee, turn on the morning news, dress in their work clothes and prepare for their daily commute. That is a pretty typical work morning, right? Not for a Cincinnati park employee who woke up to prepare for her work day and dressed into her uniform overalls last month. She had no idea what her day had in store for her.
The female city parks employee was carrying out her workday when she received a surprising and unusual work place injury, a dog bite. It may not seem that unusual that a park employee had a run-in with "man's best friend", except in this case, that pooch was essentially one of her city co-workers, a K-9 officer.
When the dog's handler let him off of his leash to do his "doggie business," the dog saw the woman in her overalls, which apparently resembled the K-9 training suit that staged criminals wear for canine training. The dog reacted and attacked. Reports state that the worker received a 3-inch cut on her right arm.
Police officials agree that the worker's attire may have played a part in the K-9's reaction but also state that it is the dog handler's responsibility to keep his partner under control at all times.
It is now being recommended by officials that police dogs must be on a leash at all times when they are in public; a policy that is currently implemented for non-police dogs.
Employers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their workers through proper safety gear, training and even their environment. If an employee is injured while on the job they may be able to file for worker's compensation to help them pay for medical treatment and lost wages. A consultation with a knowledgeable attorney would provide valuable information to determine the next step if you feel you have been injured on the job.
Source: Cleveland.com, "Police say Cincy K-9 bites park worker over attire," Aug. 3, 2011