Developing Lightning Safety Action Plansfor Outdoor WorkersAccording to the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman Oklahoma, lightning is "the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazard that most people experience each year. It is the second most frequent killer in the United States with nearly 100 deaths and 500 injuries each year," second only to floods and flash floods.In the list of lightning casualties, New York ranks sixth among the fifty states (see table below). U.S. Lightning Casualties, 1960-1999DeathsInjuriesTotalFlorida38414441828Michigan94644738North Carolina170559729Pennsylvania103578681Ohio129497626New York117491608Texas169410579Colorado110379489Tennessee120360480Georgia84356440Source: Ojala and Ferrett, "Catastrophic Lightning," 2001.The Management Association of Pine Valley encourages member companies to provide their outdoor workers with an action plan for dealing with potentially hazardous storms.Components of Lightning Action PlanA lightning action plan should be implemented for outdoor workers. Among the most frequent
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