In May 2015, a crew in Bonita Springs, Florida, was installing roofing on a single-family home. The weather was cloudy with rain off and on, and the crew worked between rain showers. At around 3 in the afternoon, the four employees completed the installation and were leaving the roof when a bolt of lightning struck a 36-year-old roofer in the head. He was removed from the roof but was unresponsive. The other employees performed CPR until emergency responders arrived. He was transported to the hospital and died two days later from his injuries.
Waiting just 30 minutes after the storm before returning to work could have saved his life.
This kind of preventable workplace tragedy is why each summer, OSHA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration urge employers to train workers in summer weather safety. This includes heat, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and lightning.
When it comes to lightning, workers should not begin any task they cannot stop quickly if there are signs of thunderstorms. Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors! If employers or workers hear thunder, even a distant rumble, everyone should get to a safe place immediately.
What steps can employers take to protect workers from the dangers of lightning?
Check NOAA Weather Reports
Before beginning any outdoor work, employers and supervisors should check NOAA weather reports and radio forecasts for all weather hazards and plan work accordingly.
Identify Shelter Locations
Employers and supervisors should know and tell workers which buildings to go to after hearing thunder or seeing lightning. NOAA recommends seeking out fully enclosed buildings with electrical wiring and plumbing. Workers should be told to remain in the shelter for at least 30 minutes after hearing the last sound of thunder. If safe building structures are not accessible, employers should guide workers to hard-topped metal vehicles with rolled up windows.
Provide Lightning Safety Training
Employers should have an emergency action plan in place and train supervisors and workers on what to do when they hear thunder. This includes training on how to provide lightning safety warnings in sufficient time for everyone to reach a worksite’s safe shelters and take other appropriate precautions.
These simple steps could mean the difference between life and death. For more information, see the joint OSHA-NOAA lightning fact sheet.
Mandy Edens is the director of OSHA’s Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management.
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From commercial construction to hospitals, schools and facilities maintenance applications, the RS Series can be used virtually anywhere there's work to be done. Available in two models, the RS Series features up to 32 ft of platform height and up to 705 lb of capacity.
The ruggedness and simple design of the RS Series make these machines extremely reliable. Passive pothole protection has no moving parts, reducing service calls, and provides ample ground clearance to traverse over varied terrain and scraps lying around the job site. The direct electric drive delivers industry-leading duty cycles, and leak points are minimized with a design that includes 4 hydraulic hoses. Additionally, both models have the ability to traverse grades of up to 25%.
Visit www.jlg.com/rs/ to learn more about the RS Series.
Durable 10 gauge steel
Continuous welded seams
One end sloped for easy shoveling
10 cu ft capacity
24"W x 22"H x 48"L
Weight 155 lbs.
Model 103 (not shown)
6 cu ft capacity
24"W x 22"H x 32"L
Weight 121 lbs.
Learn how to operate the drive system on your JLG boom lift. The drive orientation system activates whenever the boom is swung past the rear drive wheels from the normal driving position. When drive is initiated past the rear drive wheels, the drive orientation indicator will flash and the steer and drive functions will be disabled. To drive the unit in this position, match the directional arrow on the frame with the directional arrow at the drive controller to the intended direction of travel. Engage and release the drive orientation override switch and slowly move the drive controller to the intended direction of travel.
The drive orientation override switch has a 3-second enable timer. If the timer expires, the override switch must be reengaged to enable the drive and steer functions.
Consult your operation and safety manual for more information.