How most Telkom employees are injured while working
Gravity is a cruel mistress, just ask Telkom employees. According to Telkom’s integrated report for the year ended 31 March 2017, “gravity” was the main cause of injury-on-duty cases. “Of the 223 recordable injuries – medical treatment cases, lost-time injuries, and fatalities – for Telkom, 45% is due to gravity,” said Telkom.
The report stated that there were zero fatalities during the past financial year and 182 “lost-time injuries”. “Motion” injuries and “robberies and assault” made up 29% and 10% of injury-on-duty cases respectively. Telkom identified the following high-risk injury causes in the report:
- Gravity – slips, trips, and falls.
- Motion – lifting and pushing.
- Robberies and assault.
- Biological – bites, stings, etc.
- Motor vehicle accidents.
Telkom stated that of the 223 recordable injuries, 93% occurred in “technical field work areas”.
Trudon and BCX were not included in the injury report, as their definitions and methodologies are being aligned with Telkom’s.