HAND HELD LIGHTNING DETECTORS
Lightningman ThunderBolt 2 with Intelicharge
Nationally, 6 to 10 people die annually, with 100s more injured through lightning injury. It is reported that around 80 instances of Lightning injury relates to the use of fixed telephone systems during thunderstorms.
Under Section 19(1)(a) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers have a duty of care to ensure, as far as practicable, that employees are not exposed to hazards at the workplace.
Three basic steps should be taken to ensure a safe and healthy workplace.
They are based on the concept that the workplace should be modified to suit people, not vice versa. The three steps are:
- Identifying the hazards – involves recognising things which may cause injury or harm to the health of a person, for instance potential exposure to harm, flammable materials, ignition sources, unguarded machinery, and even Lightning;
- Assessing the risk – involves looking at the possibility of injury or harm occurring to a person if exposed to the hazard;
- Controlling the risk – by introducing measures which will eliminate or reduce the risk of a person being exposed to a hazard.
It is important to regularly review these steps, especially if there are changes in the work environment, where new technology is introduced, or where standards are changed.
In recent years there have been a number of significant incidents in Australia, relating to the dangers of personnel working during localised thunderstorm activity.
These incidents have affected Mining Operators, Sporting organizations, Electrical Utilities, Vineyard workers, Construction Workers, Schoolchildren, and office workers using telephones.
Australian Standard AS1768-2003 “Lightning Protection” recommends the use of Lightning detection devices to provide guidance as to when conditions are becoming unsafe for workplace and recreational activities.
The Thunderbolt is ideal for:
_ Drill and Blast crews
_ Environmental Scientists and Technicians
_ Heavy equipment operators
_ Electrical workers and Linesmen
_ Sports and recreation clubs
_ Boating enthusiasts
_ Camping and outdoor activities
The standard package includes Main Unit, Hard Carry Case, AC Charger & Battery DC Charger, Belt Pouch, Wall Mount & Desk Mount are optional extras
Hand held detectors such as the Thunderbolt 2 detect the unique radio frequency signatures associated with already active lightning.
Such devices CANNOT predict a first strike, or monitor any of the measurable conditions leading up to a first strike.
Those who may look to use the benefits of hand held detection technology, must do so knowing that the devices have these limitations, and in every instance when the detector alerts, that certain safety procedures must be immediately enacted, such as communicating the lightning warning to those who may be at risk, and direct those at risk immediately find a safe area, until such time as threat has seen to have passed.
The use of Lightning detection equipment should be used in conjunction with the 30 /30 rule ( refer The 30/30 Rule )
It is recommended that the use of any Lightning Warning or detection systems be used strictly under a Lightning safety policy which describes the known safe locations where persons should wait out the threat, and highlights those unsafe locations where persons should seek to avoid.
Further safety information can be found at safety_procedures.