It seems to be an uncommon profession yet there are plenty of workers out there who are employed within the sector. However, it is the specific role of zookeeper that presents particular hazards that put employees at risk of sustaining accidents at work.
The dangers that a zookeeper faces
By nature, the role of the zookeeper is working with animals and maintaining animal living conditions. The duties involved can vary from general tending and day-to-day care of designated animals, grooming, health assistance and housekeeping.
While this can be a very satisfying role for animal enthusiasts, working as a zookeeper directly with animals presents occupational health and safety risks including spread of infection and animal bites.
It is also important to remember that although a zookeeper can work with the same animals each day, they are not tame and their actions cannot be predicted reliably. Considering this, there is always a risk of an animal attacking a zookeeper.
General occupational accidents also occur, such as slips, trips and falls and repetitive strain injuries, depending on the type of tasks expected of the zookeeper.
Who is responsible for a zookeeper’s accident at work?
When you experience any accident at work, determining liability can be a difficult task. First and foremost, if you feel that your work accident occurred through no fault of your own, you may be interested in pursuing a claim for personal injury compensation.
Should an accident occur at work due to lack of training or insufficient personal protective equipment, it could be that your employer has failed in their legal responsibility to protect your health and safety, and therefore they could be held liable.
Accident Advice Helpline
Established in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline now has many years’ experience assisting victims of work-related personal injury.
No matter the nature of your claim, so long as the accident occurred within the last three years and you are able to provide medical evidence and suggestions of liability, we could help you determine whether or not you have a case that is likely to succeed if pursued.
Our legal team works on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for the harm you have suffered.
For more information, call us today on freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown