Occupational risk posed by wild mammals in South African wildlife reserves

Leggat, P., Durrheim, D., and Apps, P. (2000) Occupational risk posed by wild mammals in South African wildlife reserves. Journal of Occupational Health and Safety: Australia and New Zealand, 16 (1). pp. 47-54.

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Abstract

[Extract] South Africa's wildlife reserves are a major tourist attraction and source of employment. The reserves have many of Africa's large wild mammals; however, attacks by these animals pose a risk not only to tourists but also to workers on the reserves. Commercial press records covering all South African newspapers were reviewed for a 10- year period to identify all reported deaths and injuries to workers on wildlife reserves resulting from encounters with wild mammals. During the period, six workers were reported killed and 14 workers were reported injured in such encounters. Although better reporting mechanisms are needed, attacks on workers by wild mammals in South African wildlife reserves appear to be rare. None of the cases reviewed here can be considered an unnatural, unprovoked attack. It is essential that all workers on wildlife reserves have training on how to avoid attacks and how to respond if an attack occurs.

Item ID: 12923
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: animal handling; animals; fatalities; injuries; wildlife reserves
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ISSN: 0815-6409
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2013 01:30
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Occupational Health @ 100%
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