Outdoor jobsites are more likely to encounter venomous snakes. Specifically, construction workers are one of the top occupations most likely to encounter or get bitten by a venomous snake. It is important to treat the possibility of a snakebite as a workplace hazard. To be prepared, identify hotspots around the workplace. These are the top 3 places to look for snakes at a construction site:
The best way to prevent snakes from visiting your site is to keep a tidy yard and ensure rubbish and discarded materials do not pile up. It’s a good idea to ensure everyone is aware of the potential for increased snake activity after a long weekend or holiday break when the site has been quiet for some time.
If you see a snake, stay clam and move away from the area slowly. Report the snake to a safety manager. We recommend that facilities that operate near venomous snake habitat have a trained team member that can properly move venomous snakes.
Prairie Rattlesnake, under construction debris. Photo copyright, Adaptation Environmental
Adaptation Environmental Team: Bryon, Joe, and Kelly