Accidents at work can happen in any profession, from offices to factories and anywhere in between. This also applies to occupational illnesses like repetitive strain injuries or more serious work-related conditions, like asbestos-related diseases, for instance. Some jobs, however, carry a higher risk of injury at work than others. Snake handlers, for example, are at much higher risk of being injured at work than, say, someone working in a sweet shop.
Snake handlers’ risks
Working in zoos or specialist reptile farms or visiting the natural habitats of snakes for TV productions or scientific research, snake handlers are continually at a significant risk of sustaining injuries at work. A snake that is held or handled in the wrong manner can easily get startled and become defensive or aggressive. The innate reaction of a snake to a perceived threat is to attack who or whatever is seen as a threat. Holding and handling snakes therefore makes specialist training or at a minimum supervision by someone who has experience in handling these fascinating creatures an absolute must.
Common injuries for snake handlers
The most common injuries suffered by snake handlers include:
- Snake bites: many bites are non-venomous, but there have been cases of handlers being bitten by venomous snakes. Some of the most venomous snakes in the world have venom powerful enough to cause sickness, vomiting, temporary paralysis and even death.
- Tightening around limbs or strangling: some snakes will wrap themselves around arms, necks or other body parts. Capable of crushing bones, this wrapping action also restricts blood and air flow throughout the body, which could lead to death by suffocation.
- Germs and disease: snakes can carry salmonella and other germs that are dangerous to humans. Washing hands immediately after holding or handling snakes is therefore essential in order to prevent being infected by snake-related diseases.
Mishaps with snakes
If you were infected with a snake-handling related illness or injured by a snake at work, you could be entitled to make a claim for work injury compensation if another person, such as your employer or a colleague, for instance, was in some way responsible for your snake-related work accident or illness.
Your next move
If any of the above scenarios apply to you, your next more should be to call 0800 689 0500 from the nearest landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Speak to an experienced, helpful Accident Advice Helpline representative and get one of our first-class in-house lawyers assigned to your case to help you get the compensation your injury entitles you to.