Walking Multiple Dogs Results in Painful Accident

Loss Amount: $55,000

Situation: A kennel employee had just begun walking a pair of large dogs outside the veterinary hospital where she worked. The dogs became excited and their leashes tangled. Pulled in different directions, the employee tripped over one of the leashes and fell hard to the ground.

The accident resulted in several injuries, including a broken shoulder. After more than two years of treatment, the employee finally recovered and was released to full duties, allowing the claim to close.

Lesson Learned: Every year a significant number of claims involve the walking and handling of dogs outside the treatment area. Employee trips and falls after becoming entangled in dog leashes are all-to-common occurrences. Other injuries include strains and sprains from sudden tension on leashes, dog bites, contusions, and lacerations.

The following should be considered to reduce the chances of accidents and injuries:

  • A Best Practice is to walk one dog at a time. Multiple dogs should require additional handlers.
  • Use as short a leash as possible to keep dogs close and under control.
  • Wear appropriate footwear with non-skid soles; no open toed shoes or sandals.
  • Walk the dogs in a quiet, fenced-in area away from other animals and free of multiple distractions.
  • Consider the use of shock-absorbing leashes, such as those offered by EzyDog. These are available at a 25% discount to active workers comp policy holders with VISC and Fireman’s Fund. Contact your VISC broker for details.

For further assistance in preventing all types of losses, call VISC at 888.762.3143.