Werner Bronkhorst, a 25 year old book keeper, was bitten by a snake in his room at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve over the weekend, report IOL.
Sure snake bites occurring in a room aren't very common. But if your employees work outdoors or often travel to remote parts of the country for work, you need to give them health and safety training on what to do if they – or one of their colleagues – are bitten by a snake in the field.
By doing this, you'll be able to ensure your employees follow the right protocol when dealing with a snake bite. Because, knowing what to do, could save a life.
What you should do if your employee is bitten by a snake
'If you or someone at work is bitten by a snake, call for medical attention immediately,' says the Health and Safety Advisor. While waiting for help, you can do the following:
And remember, advises the Health and Safety Advisor, the outcome of a snake bite depends on several factors:
Ensure your employees ask the snake bite victim these questions so they can answer paramedic questions if the victim loses conscious while waiting for medics to arrive on the scene.
You may not always be able to prevent occupational hazards like snake bites from happening in the field. But, by ensuring your employees know the correct health and safety procedures to follow, you can help ensure the incident has a happy ending.
Turn to your Health and Safety Advisor to read more about how you can prevent health ands safety hazards in your workplace