Zookeepers give backing to safety campaign

Colchester Zoo has lent its support to a national campaign by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) designed to reduce the number of slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

The attraction, which has 250 species of animals over 60 acres of parkland, has backed the Shattered Lives campaign after it emerged that more than 1,000 people in Essex suffered work injuries between 2008 and 2009.

"Cleaning of all our animal enclosures takes place daily. Whatever activities our employees are involved in, we make sure they are aware of how to carry out their work safely," said Anthony Tropeano, zoological director at Colchester Zoo.

The zoo is regularly inspected by the local authority, which described the premises as having a "strong" culture of health and safety management.

Slips and trips are the biggest cause of work injuries in the UK, causing two fatalities in the east of England last year.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19648950-ADNFCR

Zookeepers give backing to safety campaign

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