Special training for refuse staff

2015-09-15 10:40
Children hang onto a refuse removal truck in Copesville. (Nalini Naidoo, The Witness)

Children hang onto a refuse removal truck in Copesville. (Nalini Naidoo, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Municipal employees working on refuse trucks will receive specialised skills training because of that department’s high numbers of injuries on duty (IOD).

This was a city council resolution following the release of the municipality’s IOD results last week.

The report on injuries showed that employees working on refuse trucks had sustained the most injuries in the last year.

A total of 40 injuries were reported in the 2014/2015 financial year for the community services sector with 25 of those cases resulting in employees being unable to work.

Msunduzi Municipality have since tasked the occupational health and safety sub-unit to work closely with waste management employees to ensure their safety is always maintained.

“Proper training, supervision and safe work procedures would assist in reducing these injuries”, was one of the resolutions passed at the executive committee meeting.

The most serious case was in December 2014 when an electrician was burnt and hospitalised for four months.

The woman, who asked not to be named, was contracted to the electricity sub-unit and attended a scene in Royston Road on December 12 last year.

She said she was testing a cable at a secondary sub-station when she was burnt on her hands, face and legs.

“The electrician did not realise that the cable was live when she commissioned the test on a switch gear,” read the report to council.

The woman was hospitalised at St Anne’s Hospital under high care treatment for her burns.

She has since been discharged but is still not fit to return to work.

The executive committee resolved that employees will be mandated to attend workshops to ensure they adhere to safe work procedures.

It was reported that the injury on duty rate had dropped by 24% since the last financial year and there were no fatalities on duty reported for the year.

In the 2014/2015 financial year 76 injuries on duty were reported with 42 of those resulting in employees being disabled.

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