Aberdeen Police have opened an Inquest after a farm worker died of injuries he substained when he was struck by lighting.
Police spokseperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni said the farm worker, who has not been named because his next of kin haven'[t been informed, was repairing qa fence in the Aberdeen district around 5.30pm, when he was struck by lighting.
“Immediately after the deceased collapsed to the ground, fellow workers contacted the Aberdeen Police and Emergency Services,” Tonjeni said.
When the ambulance arrived, the man was certified dead.
Outdoor safety in a lightning storm
Avoid being outdoors in a thunderstorm or find a safe place before it reaches you. Check the weather forecast and watch for cumulonimbus cloud formations. They’re piled-up thunderclouds that look like this:
- If you can, be in a car or indoors in a proper building.
- Find a place where lightning is the least likely to strike. Read here to discover the five worst places to be during a thunderstorm. Boshoff advises avoiding “relative height (summit vs. valley); isolation (eg a tall tree in an open field); objects with streamlined shapes (tree or antenna vs a boulder); water.
“Being flat on the ground is one of the worst positions to be in since the ground current of a nearby strike will run through your entire body,” Boshoff says.
Please read Boshoff’s full article for detailed and comprehensive advice.