Sheepherder struck by lightning in Wyoming.
NIOSH 1993 Feb; :1-4
A 17 year old male ranch helper was struck by lightning while moving sheep between camps in a hilly area near the border of the state. The victim had left the safety of a sheepherder's wagon and was found lying under a tree, the victim of a lightning strike. He was brought to a nearby ranch house where CPR was administered. Ambulance personnel from a town 20 miles away arrived at the scene about 25 minutes after a 911 call had been placed, and transported the victim to an out of state hospital a few miles across the border. He was pronounced dead 3 and 1/4 hours after ambulance arrival. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Inform employees about inclement weather procedures. 2. Provide audio or visual contact during inclement weather.
Region-8; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Personal-protection; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Warning-systems
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Wyoming Department of Health