Dublin City Council

 

Question to City Manager                           City Council Meeting 04/11/2013

 

Q77.    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            In relation to my question (Q.73) to last month’s meeting regarding discarded syringe needles in public areas can the Manager provide an update to the following questions:
a) What grades are entitled to the higher quality protective gloves?
b) Who carries out the risk assessment on grade entitlement to the higher quality protective gloves?
c) How much compensation has been paid to staff injured by syringe needles in the past 5 years, broken down by year and area?
d) Have any of the service providers confirmed that they take responsibility for the collection of syringe needles discarded by their clients?  

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
a) What grades are entitled to the higher quality protective gloves?

The criteria for deciding who should be supplied with protective gloves is not based on grades but rather on the activity carried out by the employee. Currently two activities are carried out in Waste Management Services that requires the wearing of needle resistant gloves - searching through litter for enforcement purposes and attaching nets to the rear of waste containers. The nature of these activities is such that the employees’ hands are exposed directly to contact with raw waste.

b) Who carries out the risk assessment on grade entitlement to the higher quality protective gloves?

The risk assessment is, typically, carried out on an activity by a group of people including safety officers, local management, safety representatives and employees who carry out the task. The resultant controls are not based on grades but on protecting the employee as far as is reasonably practicable.

c) How much compensation has been paid to staff injured by syringe needles in the past 5 years, broken down by year and area?

See table below:

Cause

Layout Code

Date Of Payment

Payment Amount (Total per Claimant, before Liability)

Type Code

Area

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

04/06/2009

5,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

C

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

16/07/2009

5,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

SC

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

19/11/2009

8,500.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

SC

 

 

 

18,500.00

 

 

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

25/03/2010

7,500.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

C

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

14/10/2010

7,500.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

C

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

06/05/2010

5,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

SC

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

15/07/2010

5,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

SE

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

14/10/2010

5,700.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

SE

 

 

 

30,700.00

 

 

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

10/02/2011

8,500.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

C

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

24/03/2011

7,750.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

C

Cause

Layout Code

Date Of Payment

Payment Amount (Total per Claimant, before Liability)

Type Code

Area

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

20/04/2011

9,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

C

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

13/10/2011

6,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

SC

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

13/10/2011

7,500.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

SC

 

 

 

38,750.00

 

 

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

26/01/2012

7,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

C

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

09/08/2012

7,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

C

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

23/08/2012

16,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

SC

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

10/05/2012

3,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

SC

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

17/05/2012

12,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

NW

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

09/08/2012

10,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

NW

 

 

 

55,000.00

 

 

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

24/01/2013

7,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

C

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

01/05/2013

5,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

C

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

05/09/2013

5,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

SE

Needlestick Injury

Personal Injuries

26/09/2013

5,000.00

Emp- Liab/Pi

NW

 

 

 

22,000.00

 

 

 

d) Have any of the service providers confirmed that they take responsibility for the collection of syringe needles discarded by their clients?  

No such confirmation has been received from any of the service providers.

 

Q78.    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager provide details of the following:
a) The number of Interns (JobsBridge etc.) employed by Dublin City Council over the past three years, broken down by year and department?
b) The number of interns employed by DCC who have progressed into full time employment within the council in the last three years?
c) The number of Interns employed by DCC who have progressed into full time employment outside the council in the last three years?

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:

  • JobBridge Internships in Dublin City Council

 

“JobBridge” is the national Internship Scheme which is a Government Initiative designed to offer jobseekers an opportunity to enhance their current skills and develop new ones.  Dublin City Council is registered as a “Host Organisation” for this scheme and the first internship placements were advertised in December 2011. The following are details of the 35 Internships in Dublin City Council since then:

YEAR

DEPARTMENT

NO OF INTERNS

2012

  • Culture Recreation & Amenities
  • Housing & Residential Services
  • Planning & Economic Development

 

8
7
5

2013
(to end October)

  • City Managers
  • Culture Recreation & Amenities
  • Housing Residential Services
  • Planning & Economic Development

 

1
5
8
1

(b) No Interns have progressed into full time employment in Dublin City Council under this scheme as there is a moratorium on recruitment.
(c) Dublin City Council do not have any information regarding Interns who progressed into full time employment outside the Council under this scheme.

Q79.    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager request a report from the Irish Council for Social Housing on the following:
a) How many cases of anti-social behaviour have been recorded in Voluntary Housing in the last 5 years, broken down by county?
b) How many cases of eviction due to anti-social behaviour have been recorded in Voluntary Housing in the last 5 years, broken down by county?
c) Have there been any legal challenges to any evictions from Voluntary Housing in the last 5 years?

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
We have requested this information from the ICSH and will forward the report to the Councillor as soon as it is available.

 

Q80.    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager provide answers to the following questions in relation to private homeless establishments:
a) Can a list of private establishments used by Dublin Region Homeless Executive be provided?
b) Can a cost per person per night in the establishments above be provided?
c) Can a cost paid by DCC per annum per establishment be provided?
d) Do DCC pay per bed per night in these establishments whether occupied or not?
e) Is there daytime facilities provided for the residents in these establishments?

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
The response to this question will require time to compile in terms of detail and financial analysis.

The response will be provided within the next two weeks.