Snake safety on landfill sites
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.