A Glen Mills reform school was the site of an employee injury when lightning apparently struck a man as he was working on the baseball field. The workplace injury occurred early in the afternoon when the employee was working on the field during overcast or stormy weather. Local emergency personnel were contacted and told that an employee was unconscious on the field.
A school worker confirmed that the employee has been struck by lightning. An ambulance was called and arrived on the field, but the employee was apparently well enough to walk to the ambulance. He was taken to a local hospital with undisclosed injuries. There is no word on his present condition or the prognosis for his recovery.
Lightning strikes are uncommon but can result in serious injury or death depending on the circumstances of the accident. Employers have a duty to their employees to protect them from danger; when an employee is struck by lightning while working outdoors during inclement weather, the employer may be responsible for the employee’s injuries under workers’ compensation law.
A workers’ compensation attorney may be able to assist an employee in recovering damages through a workers’ compensation claim against the employer. Workers’ compensation law allows employees who have been injured in a work-related accident to recover payment of medical bills, wages lost due to inability to work, and even payment for permanent disability resulting from the effects of the accident. An attorney may be able to guide the employee through the complicated process of filing a claim and pursuing it to recover various types of damages available under the law.
Source: Daily Journal, “Employee reported injured by lightning strike on baseball field at Philly-area reform school”, June 24, 2013