Wa­ter corp feels bite

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Street Watch -

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 (2016-17), up from 30 the year be­fore (2015-16).

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.

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