Dog attacks on Ergon Energy staff
MOST dogs might have barks worse than their bites but Ergon Energy meter reader Ryan Ellis isn’t taking any chances.
More than 10 of his co-workers in the Rockhampton area have been attacked by dogs since July and Ergon Energy is now calling on local residents to help curb this climbing statistic.
General operations manager Steve Leighton said dog bites and attempted dog attacks on meter readers were steadily becoming the most frequent causes of injury across all categories.
Last financial year there were 68 dog attacks recorded against Ergon Energy staff – almost half of these occurred in the Rockhampton district.
Since the start of this financial year up to early October, 34 dog attacks have been recorded, 10 of which occurred in the Rockhampton district.
“We’re appealing to all dog owners, whether they’re living in owned or rented housing to make sure the presence of their pets is recorded with Ergon Energy so that this information is noted in the meter reading schedule,” Mr Leighton said.
“As a responsible employer, we have a duty of care to provide our staff with a safe workplace.
“It is not an unreasonable expectation to go home from work to your loved ones and family in the same condition as you arrived.”
Ergon Energy has recorded 278 dog attacks on its meter readers across regional Queensland since July 2006. Three of these incidents have resulted in employees being hospitalised and eight surgical procedures have been performed.
“We really need people to let us know about the presence of a dog at their premises so our meter readers are aware and are not surprised when they visit on their rounds,” Mr Leighton said.
“We will be working closely with local authorities and reporting dog attacks on our staff to them.
“We instruct our meter readers that if a dog becomes aggressive towards them and they feel their personal safety is in danger, to not enter and exit the property and the reading for that property will then be estimated.”
Customers are advised to call Ergon Energy on 131046 to record details of any dogs at their premises.