Worker jumps from pole to avoid snake

2013-03-25 21:01

Johannesburg - A Durban maintenance worker was serious injured when he jumped from an electrical pole to the ground to avoid a snake, paramedics said on Monday.

"Reports from the man [are] that he climbed up a ladder to do maintenance work. When he got to the top he came face to face with the snake and decided to jump," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

He said paramedics found the man lying on the ground.

He was stabilised on the scene and taken to a Netcare hospital in Durban.

  • Bra Dish - 2013-03-25 21:10

    Lol grab it n throw it away man,,,,,,speedy recovery#

      thin.king.965 - 2013-03-26 05:23

      Not if it was a Mamba in which case I would also jump!

      ThaboMdodo - 2013-03-26 08:09

      @Sihle, hahahaha!! So true, the whiteys even keep dem as pets! #Hau

      Hamrammr Wulf - 2013-03-26 09:45

      Lol @ the whitey comment! I love my snakes and have a python, 2.4m Cornsnake, Yellow Ratsnake, Puffadder, Tree Snake and a Cape Cobra. I do also own German Shepherds and no African person would enter my premises- not out of fear of the dogs but of the caged up snakes!

      ThaboMdodo - 2013-03-26 10:22

      @Hamrammr, haha! but its true, you just confirmed the racial steriotypes

      gemma.vandermerwe - 2013-03-26 15:34

      @ Sihle Really dude, how racist are you?

  • Hermann Schwindt - 2013-03-25 21:25

    Snakes and Ladders, go up with the ladder and down with the snake. Shame man, he must have got a fright. Hope he recovers!!

      Hlanganani Ndlovu - 2013-03-25 21:34

      snakes and ladders ! remember that game, lol u made my day Herm

      Lopang Modise - 2013-03-26 02:39

      lol, u made my day dude

  • SharonE - 2013-03-25 21:28

    Get well soon!! It is ok to be scared of snakes, I am an arachnaphobe, so I fully understand!

      Xavier7034 - 2013-03-25 21:56

      Does that include Spiderman?

      SharonE - 2013-03-25 22:07

      Don't like him one iota, he is a total narcissist!

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-03-26 07:24

      The snake was probably just as scared - only difference is he decided to jump first. Imagine if they'd jumped at the same time! Jokes aside I hope he recovers quickly.

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-03-26 07:29

      Oh, on the more serious side of things, I would have thought that checking electrical poles before climbing was one of the pre-work risk assessments all technicians had to do. If it's not then they'd better include it in their safety training. Just as you would not enter a manhole without doing gas tests etc. you don't go up an electric pole without checking for biological or other hazards.

      Amatambo - 2013-03-26 08:43

      I don't mind snakes,generally speaking - I have often been asked to remove them from properties where I previously stayed, BUT - when asked to remove one, I take a stick and thick leather gloves with me as I don't know what I'm working with, but most times they were hammless - mainly house snakes, spotted bush snakes, etc, although I've also removed night adders - which I do respect, but I will not kill them. I used to release them in a large low-lying overgrown undeveloped and unoccupied piece of land where they would be safe from harm. Spiders - no thanks - I'm absolutely TERRIFIED of them - if and when I find one in the house, one of us has to go - and no prizes for guessing who goes - permanently! Years ago one of my grandsons wanted to bring his pet spider to show it to me, and I said: "Listen, Son, it might come here alive, but it goes back - VERY dead... Needless to say, Grandson didn't bring his pet spider to show me...

  • Jacques Kilian - 2013-03-25 21:31

    Shame man hope he recovers, hope the snake didn't fall too from getting a fright !!! I got 5 snakes in front of me in their cages !!!!

  • Jacques Kilian - 2013-03-25 21:32

    Speedy recovery !!!!

  • Ditoa-re Gypsy - 2013-03-25 21:36

    Paramedics found him lying on the ground. Was he working alone?

      Fussed Anderson - 2013-03-26 08:55

      Where else would they have found him.

      Mduduzi Maphumulo - 2013-03-26 11:22

      @Fussed, The question means where were his colleagues..

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-03-26 18:07

      Good question. Maybe he screamed "Inyoka!" as he fell and they ran away?

  • Kleurling Man Bushy - 2013-03-25 21:37

    Eskom is now employing snakes to look after BHP Billion property LOL im stunned

  • Pieter Pretorius - 2013-03-25 21:40

    Was it a black mamba?? Pretoria zoo is looking for it.

  • Lucastra Khezla - 2013-03-25 21:57

    lol,u must drind Red Bull my man.

  • Thato Mojaje - 2013-03-25 22:00

    loool soRRy bro i wud have done the same hahaha u had no option #quick recovery#

  • Thato Mojaje - 2013-03-25 22:03

    keke keep to ur france24 we ok with news 24 k, u telling us to do what? jump off the poles as well?

  • Prada Ledger - 2013-03-25 22:10

    so he actually didnt use a ladder

  • Sige Gorabeb - 2013-03-25 22:15

    Sorry buddy! Damn the serpent! I too have a terrible phobia for snakes. Get well soon.

  • Fezile Russ - 2013-03-25 22:17


  • Tersia Louw - 2013-03-25 22:19

    "was serious injured" Really, SAPA? Do you and News24 employ proofreaders much?

  • Sinethemba Dyeshana - 2013-03-25 22:26

    snakes and ladder

      Lucy Lu - 2013-03-26 05:08

      That comment was funny when Hermann made it... You are just a bore! Be original!

  • thabelorale - 2013-03-25 22:37

    Sorry bro. but the story is funny, hehehehehe! Probably the snake was not going to hurt you !

  • Dee - 2013-03-25 22:43

    I would have done the same! Won't sleep tonite just by thinking about them**

  • Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-03-25 22:53

    shame the poor man was he working for eskom the snakes hope he recovers soon

  • Pitsi Mashamaite - 2013-03-25 22:54

    Ok.. he was working unsafe, working on heights wit no safety harness.

  • Tsebo Kamohelo Hoffman - 2013-03-25 23:01

    Hahahahahahahaha! am sorry chief but this is funny

  • Jacyjay's Letsoalo - 2013-03-25 23:35

    Sorry but it is funny and sad at the same time - it shows u can't beat an I(zi)nyoka face to face

  • MK McKenzie - 2013-03-26 00:13

    Honestly, I tried to maintain my composure but that's funny lol hahahaha but on a more serious note, I can somehow understand his reaction, being scared of snakes myself.. Although I would've wet my pants b/c I'm dead scared of heights.. Anyway, Speedy recovery! But I'm curious, what ever hapenned to safety harnesses?

  • Sc1pio - 2013-03-26 00:19

    I think he's glad he didn't wear a safety harness. Anyway. Hope you have a speedy recovery. You will never be the same climbing an electrical pole. Just like I always check under my sheets for spiders after I got bitten by one :p

  • Songezo Mpandana - 2013-03-26 01:22

    i will do the same jump!!!! get well man .

  • Mduduzi Ngwenya - 2013-03-26 04:31

    kwaaaa.kwaab!! He was tryin 2 mantain the live wire izinyoka cable only to b welcumd by a real anyway wish u a speedy

  • Katji Van Der Hlophe - 2013-03-26 04:49

    funny story though.. As much as I have terrible phobias of both hights and serpents, well jumpin wud hv bin da only option too without hesitant...sorry dude, hope u dnt get phobia of climbing da poles lol...

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-03-26 05:33

    Sorry for seeing the funny side but are you sure it wasn't an electric eel on a high.

  • Beckie Knight - 2013-03-26 05:44

    We need to release some snakes into the Union Buildings and perhaps at the next parliamentary gathering.

      master.kay.7355 - 2013-03-26 07:47

      There is no parliament in the Union Buildings you, illegal immigrant!!!

  • Oupa Lebese - 2013-03-26 06:03

    Can de snake really climb an electric pole? And wher ws it on de pole to such n extend dt it can't b seen? Caus I assume he climbed facing upwards. Mmmh!!!!

  • Mora Mthonyama - 2013-03-26 06:24

    talk of falling from grace! actually how did the snake get to the top?

  • Barefoot - 2013-03-26 06:31

    ''. . . worker was serious injured'' seriously?

  • pshazi - 2013-03-26 06:45

    Good presence of mind!.....quick recovery.

  • Katlego Jones Malemela - 2013-03-26 07:03

    As serious this is, I couldn't help but crack up *hides face*. Hope it isn't the black mamba that Pta Zoo is missing. Just the vision of a man letting go its quite hilarious. #speedy recovery buddy# lmao! Must have been quite a fall *opens eyes wide*

  • Khomotso D Maake - 2013-03-26 07:13

    @Beckie Knight,...and then what?

  • Khomotso D Maake - 2013-03-26 07:16

    Wish you a speedy recovery bro.

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-26 07:22

    Sorry for laughing but it is rather funny! Get well soon and be grateful they took you to Netcare not Addington. Lol!

  • Garth Labuschagne - 2013-03-26 07:44

    'Serious injured'? Evidence of what happens when you only need 30% to pass English

      Bernard Nienaber - 2013-03-26 09:19

      Ai garth are you still on that one? get new material please?

  • master.kay.7355 - 2013-03-26 07:50

    @beckie knight - There is no parliament in the Union Buildings you, illegal immigrant!!!

  • Amatambo - 2013-03-26 08:48

    Forgot to say in my previous posting - generally speaking, snakes are more afraid of you than you are of them. If they sense your approach, they will slither away, but WILL attack if feeling threatened - the mamba, in particular, is famous - or rather, notorious - for this. Snakes are also good for the environment - they help keep the rodent population down, so please, don't kill them willy-nilly... and find out where the nearest snake-catcher is in your vicinity and contact that person as and when necessary...

      Emma Strydom - 2013-03-26 09:51

      Amatambo the only good snake is a dead snake. I am terrified of any creepy crawly, snakes, spiders etc. I would have defintely jumped too. I dont even visit people that keeps snakes as pets.

      Gxowa Vusumzi Coward - 2013-03-26 16:16

      Snake don't attack unless they feel threatened wow I wish I cn believe dat.

  • Matthew Peter John Wilke - 2013-03-26 09:46

    Schuster! Was this your handy work Leon?

  • Khotso Letsie - 2013-03-26 10:37

    "...worker was serious injured..." WTF? Does this site have an editor? How do you expect children (and non native speakers) to learn the language if "professionals" come up with such sentences? Those people are encouraged to read to improve their proficiency-just so you know...

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2013-03-26 10:48

    lol cowerd man lol

  • Happy Dikgopo - 2013-03-26 11:17


  • Casper Kaya - 2013-03-26 14:21

    Electricity is more dangerous than a snake. But both need 2 b exra cautious. Snakes doesnt bite unless being threatened.

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-03-26 18:18

      I think if you meet a snake at the top of the pole you can take it as read that since you afre between it and the ground it WILL feel threatened. I've never really given much thought to how they manage to climb but I think they wind themselves around the object stretch and then wind and let go with the tail and so on. It was a smart snak because birds frequently make nests on top of poles or just alight there after picking up road kill to eat whatever it was.

  • nicholus.nakanyane - 2013-03-26 15:58


  • German Mazokera - 2013-03-26 19:48

    Be nice to people on way up the ladder because you might need them on your way down.get well soon brother

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