Lightning is a well-known and catastrophic risk, in which mining and other resource industries have figured prominently in recent accident statistics. This is not hard to understand considering surface mining is conducted by large numbers of people carrying on their normal workplace activities outdoors and often working in close proximity to plants and equipment that inherently exhibit a higher disposition to being struck by lightning.

Mine human resource and safety departments are required to develop and implement appropriate safe working procedures (SWP) across higher risk operations, in this case by outlining the required response to be undertaken by all personnel during thunderstorms. However, there will still be personnel that due to their normal activities, remoteness, and/or current situation, may not have any timely access to any safe refuge whatsoever.
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