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By: Sara Manansala Introduction
Introduction 2 Types of Bites in U.S. Hemotoxic Venom: attacking tissue and
Neurotoxic Venom: damaging or
destroying nerve tissue
destroying 2 Important Aspects of Snakebite
Treatment First aid
Timely Construction SitesSnake Habitat
Snake Ideal High Grasses
Sitting Lumber Piles
Sites Near Recently Cleared Woodlands Statistics
Statistics Each year nearly 8,000 people receive
poisonous snake bites in the U.S.
poisonous Rattlesnakes (hemotoxic) cause most
snakebites and related fatalities .
Incidents Last 10 Years 3 Reported Incidents
1 in Construction Industry June 15, 1998 While clearing debris on a 2-story residential
project, a worker was bit by a rattlesnake and
hospitalized for 2 days.
hospitalized OSHA Regulations
OSHA General Duty Clause- SEC. 5. Duties (1) Each employer shall furnish to each of
his employees employment and a place of
employment which are free from recognized
hazards that are causing or are likely to
cause death or serious physical harm to his
employees; OSHA Regulations
OSHA 1926.21(b)(4) In job site areas where harmful plants or
animals are present, employees who may be
exposed shall be instructed regarding the
potential hazards, and how to avoid injury,
and the first aid procedures to be used in the
event of injury.
event OSHA Procedures for Snakes
OSHA Watch where you place your hands and
feet when removing debris. If possible, don’t place your fingers under
debris you are moving. Wear heavy gloves.
Wear boots at least 10 inches high.
A snake’s striking distance is about 1/2
the total length of the snake.
the Proper Procedure- If you come
across a snake…
across Assume all snakes are poisonous. Avoid sudden movements (may cause
snake to strike).
snake Remain still and wait for snake to leave. Slowly back away. Call animal services to remove the
snake. OSHA ProceduresBitten…
Bitten… Note the color and
shape of the snake’s
head to help with
treatment. Seek medical
attention ASAP. If OSHA ProceduresBitten…
Bitten… If Keep bite victims still and calm to slow
the spread of venom. Lay the person down so that the bite is
below the level of the heart. Cover the bite with a clean, dry dressing.
Cover Things NOT to DO if Incident
Occurs… Do not cut the wound or attempt to suck
out the venom.
out Do not apply ice. Other Preventative Procedures- A
Clean Keep grass cut short wherever possible
Keep Don’t allow piles to sit for long periods of
time Order materials when needed, not
unnecessary periods of time before they will
be For Further InformationFor
Visit these sites... University of Maryland Medical CenterUniversity
http://www.umm.edu/non_trauma/snake.htm Survive OutdoorsSurvive
http://www.surviveoutdoors.com/reference/snakes OSHA Websitewww.osha.gov/Publications/rodents_snakes_i
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2011 for the course BCN 4735 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.
- Spring '08