ADDITIONAL JOB SITE HAZARDS
Dangers on the job site are growing day by day. More and more, we are seeing used hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia around our work areas, especially in the city.
If you experienced a needlestick or sharps injury, or were exposed to blood or other body fluids, immediately follow these steps:
Energy Group Policy states: If there is a dog on the property, and the homeowner is unwilling or unable to secure the dog, employees shall not enter the property. Unfortunately, stray dogs, especially in the city, have become increasingly more common. If approached by a stray, or otherwise aggressive dog: Stay calm, DO NOT run. Look around for things you can protect yourself with in the event the dog attacks. Slowly back away. Do Not lose sight of the dog. If you are attacked, protect yourself by any means possible! Protect your face, throat and chest.
Use anything you can think of to protect yourself from an attacking dog.
ROBBERIES AND ASSAULTS
Robberies and assaults on utility workers have become more and more common. Money for drugs and other illegal activities is often the cause of robberies and/or assaults, and the perpetrators who commit these crimes are often desperate and very dangerous. Utility workers are often seen as easy targets. They are usually out of their element, unfamiliar with their surroundings and concentrating on their work. Don't become complacent. If confronted by such a perpetrator, do not resist. Nothing that belongs to you or the company is worth more than your life.