Although it may often be overlooked as an occupational hazard, lightning poses a serious risk, especially within the maritime industry. Although most facilities are fortunate enough never to have a lightning strike-related injury or fatality, you should take precautions to prevent them from occurring, especially if your facility is on or close to the water.
According to OSHA, cloud-to-ground lightning occurs 20 to 25 million times annually in the U.S., striking more than 300 people. In the past 30 years, an average of 50 people each year have been killed by lightning strikes, and many more suffer permanent disabilities.
Download the Infographic: Do's and Don'ts of Lightning Safety
Download our infographic below which covers some do's and don't of lightning safety.
You may also want to check out our article on lightning safety, which discusses possible injuries from lightning strikes, how to prevent them, steps for outlining a lightning safety plan, and signage for your facility.
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Are You Prepared?
Consider how lightning could affect your workplace. Do you have adequate measures in place to control lightning hazard exposures? If not, a formal lightning safety plan should be developed to protect employees from lightning strikes. If you have any questions or would like additional information on lightning safety, contact us.