Quick: Before disaster strikes, call your employees in for a toolbox talk to discuss these lightning safety precautions
It goes like this: 'If you can see it (Lightning), flee it; if you can hear it (Thunder), clear it.'
And that's why they urge you to discuss the following four points during toolbox talk on lightning safety:
1. As soon as you hear thunder, take action. It means the danger of lightning is near and you and your team need to go to a safe location to wait the storm out. Safe locations include:
a. Fully enclosed metal vehicles with all windows and doors closed.
b. Large permanent buildings.
They must not stay outside, or worse in an elevated area where they're exposed to the elements.
2. Remind them that NO outdoor area is safe. Especially if it's near metal objects including fences, machinery and electrical equipment. This includes rain shelters, Zozo huts and gazebos.
3. They should NOT go back outside until it's been 20 minutes after they last observed lightning or heard thunder.
4. If, heaven forbid, the worst happens and one of their team members is struck down , remind your employees that lightning does not carry an electrical charge and, if they are trained in to do so, they must apply CPR and first aid while getting another team member to get professional emergency help.
By taking the following lightning safety precautions and stressing them in a toolbox talk and through other training, you'll be able to keep your employees safe from harm.
PS: Are you wasting valuable time figuring out which Toolbox Talks to train your employees on?