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In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures.
Workplaces need to have safe procedures and systems of work in place to minimize the risk of injury or harm to employees from hazards associated with an electrical storm.
Recommended precautions to be taken if working outdoors during a thunderstorm include:
In addition, using wired electrical equipment, hand-held tools, appliances or landline telephones should also be avoided during thunderstorms.