Australia is known around the world for its incredible array of unique animals. From the mighty kangaroo to the enigmatic platypus, Australian animals are truly unique. However, among the fluffy, happy animals are a range of deadly insects and reptiles, and most iconically, the snake.
Seeking employer advice from Cairns lawyers can help your business meet its workplace health and safety requirements.
When it comes to Australian employment law, what do Queensland companies have to do to protect their workers from the dangers of snake bites?
Venomous bite while at work
A local Far North man was bitten by a snake while working at a remote Far North mine site, reports the Cairns Post. The 31-year-old is currently recovering in hospital, after being flown from a medical centre near Chillagoe.
The bite is believed to have been from a Taipan, which is considered one of Australia’s most dangerous snakes. This is due to the snake’s high levels of hostility and production of some of the world’s most potent venom.
Speaking to the newspaper, Cairns Snake Catcher Matt Hagan said the snake’s long fangs can inject large amounts of venom swiftly.
“What makes them really dangerous is they strike very quickly and multiple times,” he said.
However, it is not just Taipans that Queensland workers need to look out for. There are a host of other dangerous, venomous snakes that can be a real risk to the workplace health and safety of a business’ workers.
Keeping workers safe and healthy in Queensland
Like the rest of Australia, the Sunshine State has a number of clear workplace health and safety regulations that all business owners need to satisfy. However, due to the impressive list of potentially dangerous wildlife, this is not always an easy task.
Businesses need to ensure that the workplace is free of risks, including dangerous animals. This means understanding how and when snakes can become a hazard.
Building sites are notoriously risky when it comes to snake bites. If work spaces have been vacant over a holiday break or even a long weekend, snakes may have used the site as shelter. If your workers are coming back from holiday to an empty site, it’s important to assess cool, dark and protected areas, such as stored materials and rubble.
When it comes to compliance, it is important to talk to Cairns lawyers that are experienced with workplace health and safety in the Far North’s challenging environment.
From helping you develop an assessment that complies with legislation to litigating on your behalf, make sure you contact Williams Graham Carman today.