Workers feel bite
A SPIKE in Water Corporation employees being attacked by dogs while carrying out work at homes has led to a plea for owners to make sure their pets are properly secured.
Dog attacks and incidents where the animals behaved aggressively towards Water Corporation employees jumped to 44 last financial year (201617), up from 30 the year before (201516).
Water Corporation operations group general manager Mike Andrews said employees were often in suburban streets carrying out tasks such as reading meters and dog attacks were one of the biggest safety concerns of the job.
“Although we train our employees to read a dog’s body language and avoid aggressive dogs wherever possible, attacks from unrestrained dogs are unfortunately occurring more often, and tend to increase as the weather warms up,” he said.
“We have had cases where our employees are requiring stitches due to dog bites or being so distressed that they have been unable to return to field work.
“Residents can help us keep our employees safe by ensuring they have adequate fencing and gates to keep dogs from escaping.”
Mr Andrews said with the weather warming up it was also a good time for residents doing some gardening to clear any weeds and bushes which may have grown over their water meter during winter.