For many people, the idea of working at a zoo is a dream come true, but there’s no getting away from the fact that many of the animals zookeepers come into contact with on a daily basis are very dangerous. Although keepers rarely find themselves in situations where things could go wrong, it’s essential that they perform safety checks before entering enclosures.
Why zoo staff need to perform safety checks before entering enclosures
Zoo staff face risks on a daily basis. Although animals are kept in secure enclosures, there is a risk that they could break free or that they could turn on a keeper. Even the most docile and friendly creatures can be unpredictable and you never know how an animal could react. Before entering enclosures, zookeepers must perform safety checks to protect themselves from dangerous situations which could result in work-related injuries. In some cases, it’s possible to work around the animals. For example, keepers may clean out an aardvark pen while the animals are around. However, in other cases, it’s not possible for keepers to interact with the animals they’re looking after because there is a risk of serious injury. You wouldn’t find a keeper in an enclosure with lions, for example. Animals can bite, scratch and kick and they can cause very serious, even life-threatening, injuries.
Staying safe at the zoo
If you work at a zoo, it’s essential that you have the relevant training and you understand how to treat every animal in your care. Zookeepers should be briefed about health and safety and employers should ensure that they have the relevant equipment to prevent zoo accidents. If you have been injured at the zoo and you’re an employee who thinks that their employer may have been negligent, it may be possible to claim zoo accident compensation. If you can prove that you were not at fault and your work accident happened in the last 3 years, call Accident Advice Helpline. Work injury compensation is available to those who have sustained injuries as a result of their employer’s negligence. If you’ve been let down, and you have evidence to support your personal injury claim, we are here to help. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone or take our 30-second eligibility test online to see if you could claim.
Date Published: May 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice