No matter the sector, from office work to engineering, there is always a risk of accidents at work for employees. That being said, these work-related accidents tend to vary in severity, with minor repetitive strain injuries, for example, causing much less of a health problem for victims than occupational respiratory diseases.
Although all occupations present risk, some roles present a higher risk of work-related illness or injury than others do, which is particularly true for snake handlers.
The risks of snake handling
Whether working as part of a specialised reptile farm or venturing out into the snake’s natural habitat for experimentation and/or TV production, a snake handler is always at significant risk of experiencing sector-specific accidents and injuries.
Snakes are truly intriguing creatures, but handling and holding one can be problematic, with specialist training required or, at the very least, supervision from an experienced handler.
Handling a snake in a way you may handle another animal, such as a small mammal or household pet, is a mistake. It is likely to startle the snake, causing the creature to become aggressive or defensive, increasing the risk of an attack on the handler.
Snake-specific accidents and injuries
As with all animals, when you handle a snake, sustaining injury is always a possibility. Common snake handling injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Bites – These are often non-venomous but there has been occasions when venom has been injected by the snake. A bite by some of the world’s more deadly snakes can lead to temporary paralysis, sickness and vomiting, and even death.
- Strangling or tightening around limbs – The snake wraps itself round an arm or neck in self-defence, restricting air and blood flow throughout the body, which can then lead to suffocation if not handled correctly in a timely manner.
- Disease and germs – Snakes and other reptiles can carry germs that are not safe for humans, such as salmonella. It is therefore, vital you wash your hands immediately after handling any snakes to prevent risk of contracting snake-related illnesses.
Claiming for work-related accidents?
When you sustain an occupational ailment due to an accident at work that was not your fault, you may want to consider your eligibility to claim personal injury compensation.
Employers are required, by law, to guarantee your health and safety while you are at work. When they fail in this duty of care, or cause you work-related harm, they become liable for the occupational harm you have suffered.
If you have a genuine case, law firm, Accident Advice Helpline can help you retrieve the compensation you are entitled to. Call today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice