From gas engineers or field sales reps visiting people’s homes, to service engineers maintaining supply in remote locations, working in the utilities sector carries risk.
Each year in the water supply and waste sectors alone, 2% of the workforce sustain a work-related injury. This equates to around 6,000 workers injured per annum.
Aside from the more obvious trips, slips and falls, many employees in this sector may encounter aggressive individuals and hazardous environments, made more threatening when they are working alone or out of normal ‘office’ hours.
New Health and Safety Guidelines that have come into effect mean that employers now have a duty of care to keep their workers safe.