Lightning Safety When Working Outdoors - November 2021

By OSHA and NOAA
Wed, Dec 15, 2021 at 8:00AM

Lightning is often overlooked as an occupational hazard but employers need awareness about lightning hazards to ensure their workers’ safety. This article provides employers and workers at outdoor worksites with lightning safety recommendations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


Introduction
Lightning is a dangerous natural force. Annually in the United States, cloud-to-ground lightning occurs 20 to 25 million times and over 300 people are struck by lightning. During the past 30 years, about 50 people, on average, have been killed by lightning strikes every year and many more suffer permanent disabilities. Read more


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