There haven’t been any recent work-related incidents in Oregon caused by lightning strikes, but that doesn’t mean they won’t happen. In North Stonington, Conn., for example 15 golf course workers were “affected” by a lightning strike in June. And in July, emergency workers rushed two construction workers to the hospital in Northland, Kan., after they were apparently struck by lightning.
Unless you’re playing golf, standing on an exposed ridge, flying a kite, or running around in an open field during a thunderstorm, your odds of being struck by lightning by your 80th birthday are slim: about 1 in 10,000 – assuming something else doesn’t kill you first. Still, it’s good to know how a lightning strike might affect you if you become a statistic. According to Dr. Elisabeth Gourbière of the Electricité de France, Service des Etudes Médicales, only 20 percent of lightning victims are immediately struck dead. But what about the other 80 percent? If you survive a strike, don’t assume that a basic emergency room doctor knows how to treat you. That’s because lightning shocks are not the same as industrial electrical shocks.
Have a nice day and watch out for thunderstorms.
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