Working for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is proving to be a dangerous job, with a whopping 869 employees suffering
serious injuries on duty over the past three financial years.
Fifteen more people died at the agency's premises during the period between April 2015 and March 2018.
In a written reply to a question by DA MP Chris Hunsinger, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande revealed that three Prasa employees died on duty in the financial year that ended in March, while four died in 2016/17 and there were eight deaths in 2015/16.
Nzimande said 282 Prasa employees were involved in "disabling incidents" while on duty in the 2017/18 period.
The number had gone up by 10 fatalities when compared to the previous financial year [2016/17] while in 2015, 315 were disabled while on duty.
The overwhelming number of the disabling injuries  were due to assaults by fare- evading commuters and the public and from injuries resulting from company motor vehicles, electrocutions, smoke inhalations resulting from high tension burnouts, trips and falls resulting from uneven surfaces and on platforms and unsafe acts.