Lightning / Storm Safety

Updated: Mar 17

March is the month when we see spring storm start to come in due to the weather change. With this being the month of February, it is time to begin preparing for what could come. One of the first ways to protect yourself and others onsite is to be familiar with the site’s Emergency Action Plan (EAP). The EAP will describe in detail what to do in the event of dangerous weather. Ensure that this is discussed during your site orientation and is also placed into the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) if inclement weather is forecasted for that day. FACT: approximately 50 people are killed each year from being struck by lightening.


Some Items to be aware of:

• Know where to go for shelter in the event of a storm

• Follow the 30 / 30 Rule

** If it takes less than 30 seconds to hear thunder after seeing the flash of lightning, it is

near enough to cause a threat

** After the last sight of lightning, wait 30 minutes before resuming outdoor activities

• NOAA advises that nowhere outside is safe when thunderstorms are in your area

• A hard-topped metal vehicle is safe with the windows rolled up if structures are not available

• Lightning will strike the tallest object, don’t be the tallest object

• Know the weather forecast for the day prior to starting

• Avoid the use of a corded phone during a lightning storm

• Know how you will be notified, or do the notifying, in the event of a storm • Avoid water, and immediately get out of and away from bodies of water

• Avoid open areas and do not shelter in tents


During storms and high winds, OSHA prohibits

• Work on or from scaffolds

• Crane hoists

• Work on top of walls



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