Snake safety on land­fill sites

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TRAIN­ING in snake iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and first aid for snake bites has been of­fered to City of Cape Town staff work­ing at land­fill sites. May­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for util­ity ser­vices Ernest Son­nen­berg said on Satur­day 85 out of 142 staff had re­ceived cer­tifi­cates for the “Snake Out” course. “The train­ing cov­ered snake iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and gave staff the ex­per­tise to skil­fully man­age the sit­u­a­tion if con­fronted with ven­omous snakes.” He said knowl­edge of snakes’ be­hav­iour and the dan­ger that var­i­ous species pose helped keep em­ploy­ees safe. Those work­ing in land­fill sites had an in­creased chance of com­ing into con­tact with snakes be­cause land­fill at­tracted ro­dents, a food source for snakes.

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