ESCOM employees have been urged to play their part in following standard operating procedures when discharging their duties to avoid loss of lives, property and money through accidents and litigation.
ESCOM Acting Legal Services Manager Tiwonge Kayira made the call on August 29 2022 in his opening remarks at a two-day workshop on Legal and Technical Matters at Mpemba Training Centre in Blantyre.
Kayira, who spoke on behalf of Director of Legal Affairs and Company Secretary Sally Mtambo, urged the participants to play their part in protecting ESCOM from unnecessary legal action.
“Currently, ESCOM has 705 live court cases and of these court cases , 225 are public liability cases such as cases of electrocution and damage to property caused by electricity. There are also 122 court cases and these are personal injury matters such as workers compensation claims and claims about motor vehicle accidents,” he said.
Speaking earlier on behalf of the Regional Manager for the South, Limbe District Engineer Easton Macheche urged the participants to make the most of the workshop by asking questions and contributing to the deliberations.
"We are the people to bring and initiate change," he said.
In her first presentation on safety, Senior Safety Officer Vera Mede said ensuring that ESCOM employees work in a safe environment was the collective responsibility of all members of staff with supervisors taking a leading role.
“All supervisors are expected to take necessary precautions to protect the safety of workers under their supervision, ensuring that workers comply with safety procedures and use safety equipment, clothing and devices as required. Advising workers of safety hazards at work areas, carry out necessary daily planning and checking of plants and tools,” Mede said.
Other facilitators such as Assistant Claims Officer Victor Muhura made a presentation on Insurance Portfolio, Macheche tackled Investigating Fire Incidents and Report Writing, Southern Region Lands Officer Chrispin Mkandawire shared tips on Land Compensation Assessment and Wayleave Officer Moffat Nkhoma shared knowledge on Wayleave matters.
The first and second legs of similar workshops covering the North and Central regions took place from August 1 to 5 2022 in Mzuzu and Lilongwe.
part of the audience
part of the audience