Control measure – Safe system of work: Lightning

Control Measure Knowledge

Weather warnings for lightning may provide fire and rescue services with advance information about when lightning may occur.

If lightning is a hazard the safety of personnel should be based on an incident ground risk assessment. Working where lightning strike is a risk should be avoided if possible, and the following activities may need to be restricted or stopped:

  • Working at height
  • Working on, in or near water
  • Working in the open
  • Working near or on tall structures
  • Carrying or pitching ladders

Even when undertaking lifesaving activities, a cordon of 10m around tall structures, such as transmission towers, is recommended.

Strategic Actions

Tactical Actions