Energy worker killed by Taipan

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  1. daveandem2011

    daveandem2011 Active Member

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    When I was drilling we used to get a fair few snakes around our rigs. And they were big noisy ground shakers, snakes did not seem to mind.
     
  2. moosenoose

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    Seriously no need for anyone to die from a bite from any Aussie elapid if you follow the correct first aid. If you are in snake zone, then you should have compression bandages and know how to use them. It's just basic common sense.

    However, maybe he didn't know he was bitten and thought it was a twig brushing his leg, perhaps he thought a wasp bit him? If that's the case then it's even more tragic than it already is.

    Being "ambushed" is a bit of a stretch though.
     
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    I agree with you 100% there moose, however something doesn't sound right with the story.

    I have read two different variants, one said he was walking within yelling distance trying to find a trail through the lantana back to the power pole, the other says making a trail (I think) with a backhoe.

    The fishy part is with the backhoe story, why would it take 3 hours for the SES and an energex helicopter to find him when he was 60m away from the group?

    the other slightly strange thing is the time it 'allegedly' took from when the snake bit him until he died, they are claiming instantly, however unless he died from a simultaneous heart attack or other medical condition a snake bite doesn't kill instantly, and not if you're within 60m and calling distance from colleagues.

    So far I'm not convinced the story adds up entirely.

    Still a very tragic thing to happen, and especially whilst working.
     
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    Yeah I can understand some people aren't aware they've been bitten, and their mistaken belief that the wasp sting or ant bite they've put it down to eases up. I guess if you're getting through some heavy lantana or long grass, you often aren't looking around at your feet.

    I made that mistake last weekend. I was too busy looking all around me at other things in thick scrub to realize the flipping 2 inch long ants trying to chew and sting my feet through my shoe!! :shock: No socks, and just shorts mind you. Not great snake hunting attire I should add.

    So perhaps the poor buggers been bitten, gotten delirious and wandered off to his demise :(
     
  5. -Peter

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    He is referring to Tais mate.
     
  6. JasonL

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    I once walked into a vary large EB whilst walking on a metal walkway early one morning, the walkway was shaking badly with each step and I was silly enough to think that no snake would be stupid enough to stay on it, the EB was thinking I wouldn't be stupid enough to walk into it whilst it had its head raised at thigh height in full threat display, but I was looking in the bushes to my side and not in front. Luckily when I was three feet from the snake and I just caught a glimpse and my first thought were %&$# Im in strike range, it decided to flip off and take flight into the bushes....... sometimes things just dont go the way you would expect.
     
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    Maybe we should cull all tais until we find the one that bit him then again that's 1 to the tais and about 1000000 to us moron humans add another one to us humans after that other thread about old fart killing with bit of wire after it rose twice its length off the ground and hovered there with its head spinning around its body. Ahhhh moronic humans annoy the crap out of me
     
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    Works for sharks, especially in Perth...nobody gets attacked by a shark in Western Australia anymore :lol:
     
  9. jairusthevirus21

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    Yeh tell me about it! i spent half my time showing about 8 operators how to apply a compression bandage after a snake bite. A few of the old blokes had snake bite kits kept in their glovebox or under their seat for who know how long. I asked to have a look at them. I laughed and told them to throw it in the bin... ha ha:)
     
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    In the right circumstances, it is easy to be bitten. On our farm we use a 2 foot length of 18mm poly pipe as a cow walloper when herding. So one day I found one in the paddock buried in the grass . I was about 5 centimeteres from picking it up when it moved. Turns out it was a Dugite. Another time I was spraying roundup along an overgrown drainage channel, the sun was shining, I was daydreaming, I kept feeling a tap tap on the end of my rubber boot. After feeling it a few times, I looked down, and realized a tiger snake had been attacking my boot for the last 30 seconds or so!!! I'm so lucky.
    With snakes habitats being squeezed further and further by man, I'm surprised there aren't so many more deaths.
     
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    being bitten in half in one bite isnt really being "attacked"...... its all in the wording
     
  13. junglelove

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    OHS should he not have been wearing steel boots and long pants?! Terrible thing to happen though it is always sad when someone loses their life.
     
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    Taipans will go right through long pants, and potentially through some of the fabric steelcap boots. But it's evident that there were several OHS failures involved with this situation outside of correct PPE.
     
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    How long would someone live for if they got hit and venom directly into a vein? Don't underestimate a taipan bite. Its quite possible that he could be dead very quickly.
     
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    Very good point :)........venom into a vein, or underlying medical conditions.......there are a lot of variables to consider.
     
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