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When it comes to workplace accidents, some working environments are more dangerous than others.

It stands to reason that the risk of personal injury when working in industries such as construction or agriculture is greater than if you are sat at a desk from 9 until 5 every day.

A large portion of Scotland's economy is comprised of jobs in sectors such as these, and the rate of serious or fatal injury at work is higher in Scotland than in the rest of the UK, serving as an example of the added dangers faced.

Another example can be seen across the border in England, where a zookeeper was found in a rhino enclosure on the 19th of November, suffering from severe injuries.

The incident made headlines, in part, because serious injury to zoo staff is relatively uncommon.

The keeper had been found immersed in water at 8.15am that morning, shortly before the zoo was set to open its gates to the public.

At present, it is unclear how the staff member, a man in his fifties, sustained his injuries, which included damage to his chest, pelvis and abdomen.

He was transported by air ambulance to Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge from Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, where the incident occurred, and is still undergoing treatment.

He remains in a serious but stable condition.

Whilst details of the man's work accident are still unclear, it is a startling reminder that safety precautions in the workplace are paramount – most especially when working in environments with heightened risks.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is currently under way.

We wish the man a swift and full recovery.

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