Anyone who works outdoors, particularly in the summer, is at risk for lightning related injuries on the job, but some industries have higher lightning risks than others, including:
- Plumbers and pipefitters
- Farming and field laborers
- Power utility workers
- Heavy equipment operators
- Handlers or storage of explosives
- Construction workers
Lightning Warning Policies
If you work in one of the higher lightning risk industries, your company should have a lightning safety warning program that results in a warning to employees in time to get to a safe location and provide access to each employee to a safe place during a lightning storm.
What to Avoid During a Thunderstorm
If you see lightning and can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by a bolt of lightning. Stop what you are doing and enter a building for safety. If no building is accessible, sitting in a metal topped roof with the windows rolled up is your next safest location until the storm passes.
When a thunder and lightning storm is present, you should always avoid operating heavy equipment like cranes and bulldozers. Do not touch equipment or surfaces that conduct electricity, like utility lines, water, pipes or metal. If you are in an area with explosives, get as far away as possible during a storm.
If Someone is Struck By Lightning
If a co worker is struck by lightning, immediately call 911 or the local emergency services for help. If the victim is not breathing or their heart has stopped, start CPR and continue until help arrives.
If you have been injured from lightning on the job, or are a victim of other summer time work injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. The offices of Markhoff and Mittman can evaluate your situation and provide advice in your New York worker’s compensation case. Contact us today.