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Four things your employees must do when thunder storms and lightning terrorise your business

by , 02 October 2014
When the weather turns nasty, you and your employees probably think you're safe inside. That's not 100% true. Because of the severity of the storms in South Africa lately they could do serious damage to your business premises.

This puts you and your employees in serious danger.

The good news is, your building is still the safest place to be if you and your employees do the right things.

That's why we're revealing four things your employees must do when thunder storms and lightning turn very, very frightening...

 

Your employees must do these four things when a violent storm strikes 

 
1. Your employees must stay inside. No matter what, going outside in the middle of a severe storm is always more dangerous than staying inside.
 
Instruct everyone to stay inside until the storm passes.
 
2. Your employees must stay away from the windows. Because of the golf-ball sized hail stones these severe stones bring with them these days, it's easy for a storm to break windows.
 
Your employees must move away from the windows so if one breaks, the glass doesn't injure them.
 
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3. Tell your employees to turn off any electrical appliances and not to turn them on again until the storm passes. Severe storms can cause havoc with your electricity and if lightning strikes your workplace it could cause appliances to explode if you leave them plugged in. 
 
If they touch any electrical plugs during the storm, it could also cause a nasty shock.
 
4. Tell everyone to move to the centre of the office. The center of your office is generally the furthest place from any windows or electrical appliances. If your employees move to this space, it puts them as far as possible from breaking windows or exploding machines.
 
If you and your employees do these four things during a severe storm, everyone will escape unharmed. 


PS: We strongly recommend you check out the Health & Safety Advisor.  It gives you tips, tools and advice to comply with the OHS Act and regulations.


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