PA Workers Comp: Injuries from Animals
If you live in Pennsylvania and work with or around animals, you understand the risks of failing to follow proper safety procedures.
Some workplaces that require employees to work with or around animals include :
· Veterinary hospitals
· State and private parks
· Pet Stores
· Pet Grooming Facilities
Of course, every animal will have its own set of safety rules and it’s essential that they be followed. However, there are a few safety tips that apply to all situations. We’ve outline some of those below.
When working around animals, it’s important to not make any sudden movements or loud noises. Speak softly and move slowly. It’s also important to devote your full attention to the task and to have at least one other person with you at all times in case any type of injury takes place.
Learn About the Animal You Work With
Different animals have different needs and body language. If you know you will be working with a specific animal, learn as much as you can about its behavior and aggression patterns.
Restrain Animals When Necessary/Possible
Safely restraining animals can help avoid serious injuries. Large animals can be place in stocks or stalls while animals such dogs can be muzzled.
Wear Proper Equipment
This includes items such as safety goggles, masks, gloves, footwear, etc. Remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even if you’re only going to be dealing with an animal for a quick second, it’s in your best interest to be protected.
If you live in Pennsylvania and have suffered from a work-related injury related to working with animals, contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately. If you live in the Harrisburg, Williamsport, or Lewistown area, call (717) 234-2402 or send us a message to receive a free consultation.
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