Drop in ‘injuries on duty’ in Msunduzi

2015-09-23 06:00

INJURIES on duty (IOD) within Msunduzi Municipality have been reduced drastically over the past year reported city manager, Mxolisi Nkosi.

An analysis was conducted on injuries on duty in the municipality between the financial year July 2013 to June 2014 and July 2014 June 2015 and a drop from 100 IODs to 76 was recorded this year.

A total of 42 disabling injuries and 34 first aid incidents were recorded with most injuries coming from community services with a total of 40 followed by the infrastructure services business unit with 23. Of the 40 injuries, 21 were for waste management and most were as a result of employees working on refuse trucks and refuse collection.

“Proper training, supervision and safe work procedures would assist in reducing these injuries.

“Specialised training for refuse collectors would also assist and this can be done via the skills development cub unit,” stated the report.

One of the more serious injuries was an electrician who was electrocuted at a sub-station in Royston Road when her face, hands and legs were burnt.

She was treated for severe burns and remained in hospital for four months however, is unable to return to work.

Following this incident, extra precautions were taken regarding safety of the electricians and none occurred thereafter.

There were two fatalities in the previous financial year but none this year.

“Business units need to implement and manage safety procedures in order to prevent and reduce accidents and injuries,” said Nkosi

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