*Chart ordered by number of deaths; includes only a portion of breeds listed in report.*, by Merritt Clifton, Animals 24-7, December 31, 2014. *Represented dog images above (particularly those of hybrid breeds) not specifically detailed in this table are not confirmed as dangerous in the report. * Images are for illustration purposes only. All images from Wikipedia and used under CC license.
Read the signs
Dogs will typically not bite without displaying some preliminary warning signs or specific behaviors.
Some areas to look out for:
“Whale eye” (whites of eyes)
Growling and barking
Tail-Wagging is not always a sign of friendliness
Pack and leave
If multiple dogs of the same breed are present, view this as an indication of the potential of pack drive and pack mentality on the part of the dog. Depending on the dog breed this may make an attack increasingly more likely and even in the case of a less aggressive or harmful breed, it can still exacerbate an attack and result in harm. If owners refuse to lock them away as per the recommendation, the worker should explain to the patient and potentially (and with approval to do so) leave the worksite immediately, informing their office of the potential threat.
Update risk assessments.
Make your supervisors are made aware of the presence of multiple or dangerous dog breeds at the address/location as a viable hazard to be entered into future risk assessments. Such information should be considered by the safety planning bodies to form suitable policies such as sponsored or authorized walk away policies as described above. Failing to adhere to indicators, factual evidence or even a sense of threat or concern may result in a tragedy of avoidable death and injury to the worker and investigations, citations and litigation to their employer.
GuardianMPS can help too.
GuardianMPS users faced with the scenarios above will have a number of personal safety measures and features available to them to safeguard their wellbeing, record details and background information of a threatening situation before it escalates and inform supervisors and other team members if available. They will have checked in and recorded detail about their work assignment. Who, where, when, for how long? If faced with the threat posed by a dangerous animal, they could raise an instant panic alarm – even if the animal is docile and doesn’t attack, our trained Central Station Monitoring team will be able to advise nearby supervisors and or team members of a low level threat concern and if clearly in distress notify 911 with a full account and location data to aid response. The worker could potentially leave the site having recorded a detailed audio message as part of the running incident. In such a case the audio message can be listened to by supervisors or managers on the GuardianMPS customer portal.
False Alarm? No problem. Real threat?, We’re always ready to help.
GuardianMPS users will learn that Panic Alerts are not reserved for situations of aggression or those which result in actual suffered injury. EVERY threat, concern or suspicion should be raised as an alert-simply as a precaution. False alarms are EXPECTED in GuardianMPS and no penalty exists for excessive use. For more information on GuardianMPS and how it helps visiting workers should they feel threatened for any reason call us on 610-205-2972 or send us a message.