Dog bite is con­cern for En­ergex

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

EN­ERGEX work­ers and me­ter read­ers won’t en­ter yards where dogs are not se­curely re­strained as part of new safety mea­sures be­ing in­tro­duced next week.

State-wide En­ergex and Er­gon staff suf­fered 71 in­juries from dog bites and nearly 200 other in­ci­dents and close-calls between July 2017 and Oc­to­ber 2018.

“The safety of our em­ploy­ees has to come first and that means if there’s an un­re­strained dog on a prop­erty – we won’t go in to do work of any kind,” Act­ing Group Man­ager for

Cus­tomer and Mar­ket Op­er­a­tions Rob Mitchell said.

“We’ll talk to cus­tomers about what op­tions are avail­able and if no one is home, we will leave in­for­ma­tion to help them do a self-read.

“In some cases where there is a danger­ous dog or known ac­cess is­sue, a re­mote read me­ter will be in­stalled.”

The new Safe En­try mea­sures will be­gin on Jan­uary 14 and will ap­ply to all prop­er­ties re­gard­less of whether they are in an ur­ban or ru­ral set­ting.

“En­ergex will work with our cus­tomers and com­mu­ni­ties to make the new safety mea­sures work so we have a good out­come for our peo­ple and our cus­tomers,” Mr Mitchell said.

More in­for­ma­tion about the pol­icy and the tools avail­able to as­sist cus­tomers are avail­able on the En­ergex web­site.

In some cases where there is a danger­ous dog or known ac­cess is­sue, a re­mote read me­ter will be in­stalled — Rob Mitchell

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