Lightning Storm Fatality (KV63)

 

What Happened?

During the summer of 2017 an employee for a construction company was making every effort to complete his final tasks for the day before the approaching storm forced him to stop working. Although the storm was approaching quickly the employee continued to prepare the footing for concrete by tying rebar.

The storm arrived before the employee finished his task.  Due to his open exposure the elements and the rebar structure around him and the employee was struck by lightning which resulted in a fatality.

Contributing Factors

Proper controls were not established for stopping work prior to the storm.  Management/leadership did not shutdown the job at the appropriate time.

What Can We Learn?

Tools

A Questioning Attitude could have helped the worker identify the potential hazards so he could mitigate the risks involved.

Performing a Self Check would have allowed appropriate time to determine the best course of action to avoid the potential for error.

Traps

The storm created a dynamic Physical Environment trap and the hazard was underestimated.

Time Pressure caused the employee to continue to work in a dangerous environment in order to quickly finish the job.

Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?