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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Lightning Hazards

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Mine Type: All Surface
Category: General Safety

Over a hundred people die each year from lightning strikes. Recently a coal-barge loader was fatally injured when he was struck by lightning. He was located three barges, or approximately 200 feet, from the river bank when a dark cloud came over a nearby hill. Workers nearby observed the victim being struck by a bolt of lightning before any rain fell.

Photo of Lightning Bolt

Here are some general lightning safety tips:

For more detailed information on lightning safety, several web pages are available. An example is "Thunder and Lightning Preparedness Resources" at

Reissued: 04/30/2002
Tag # AP2002-M029

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