For certain workers, there can be a very real opportunity to encounter venomous snakes. Any of the following work could expose individuals to the dangers of snakes while on the job.
OSHA Standard 1926.21(b)(4) says that 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.
Coral snakes have a distinct color pattern where red bands touch yellow bands.
A common phrase to remember how to recognize a venomous coral snake is Red touches yellow, kill a fellow. Red touches black, friend of Jack.
Workers may find coral snakes hiding in leaf piles or burrows in the ground.
Coral snakes will almost always attempt to flee from a threat and bite only as a last resort. Coral snakes can be found in wooded, sandy, or marshy areas of the Southern United States.
Though death from this snake is rare (since the antivenin was created), a bite from a coral snake can be fatal if left untreated. Most people with coral snake bites do not show symptoms until 12 hours after they are bitten.
When covering the dangers of snake encounters during your safety meeting, make sure to emphasize these important points:
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