New safety measures aim to protect Ergon workers from dog bites

Ergon Energy workers and meter readers won’t enter yards where dogs are not securely restrained as part of new safety measures introduced by the company.

“The safety of our employees has to come first and that means if there is a dog on a property that isn’t restrained – we won’t go in to do work of any kind,” Area Manager Wayne Alderman said.

The energy provider said the new Safe Entry measures being introduced this month will apply to all properties.

“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” Mr. Alderman said.

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

“Ergon Energy 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.”

There were 71 injuries from dog bites and 199 other incidents and close-calls between July 2017 and October 2018, according to Ergon Energy.

For more information, visit Ergon Energy website

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