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Lightning Structures

Fiberglass lighting shelters are an important safety measure for employees working in open areas. They are specifically designed to protect lighting fixtures from environmental factors such as wind, rain, and lightning. The shelters are typically made from fiberglass, a material known for its durability, strength, and resistance to weathering.

Fiberglass lighting shelters are commonly used as a safety measure to protect people during thunderstorms. They offer a safe space for people to seek refuge in areas where lightning strikes are frequent, such as mines, construction sites, and industrial plants.

In mines, fiberglass lighting shelters provide workers with a safe area to retreat to during thunderstorms. The shelters protect the lighting fixtures from harsh mining conditions while also offering a safe and secure environment for workers to take cover.

In industrial plants, fiberglass lighting shelters are used to protect workers from lightning strikes during storms. These shelters offer a safe area for workers to take cover in hazardous work environments where lightning strikes pose a significant threat to worker safety.

Similarly, in construction sites, fiberglass lighting shelters offer a safe haven for workers during thunderstorms, protecting them from lightning strikes and other weather-related hazards.

In addition to these industries, fiberglass lighting shelters are also commonly used in other outdoor settings, such as parks, sports fields, and parking lots. They provide a safe space for people to take cover during lightning storms, ensuring that everyone can remain safe during inclement weather.

Overall, fiberglass lighting shelters are an essential safety measure in a wide range of industries and outdoor settings. They protect people from lightning strikes and other weather-related hazards, offering a safe space for workers and the general public to seek refuge during storms.

Fiberglass Lightning

Sudden thunderstorms may bring an urgency for outdoor workers to cease work and quickly relocate to refuge. Several safety measures should be considered by management and by individual workers alike, including:

  • Early threat detection
  • Notification of affected persons
  • Evacuation to safe shelters
  • Re-assessment of threat levels
  • Resumption of activities


Knowing the above described behavior of lightning upon, say, an automobile, it is apparent that a fully enclosed metal vehicle is a lightning-safe shelter. Other all-metal mobile equipment — such as airplanes, buses, vans, and construction equipment with enclosed mostly-metal cabs — also are safe. A cautionary note, however, will emphasize that the “outer metal shield” should not be compromised. This means:
1) Windows need to be rolled up. 
2) Person must not make any interior contact with external objects, such as radio dials, metal door handles, two-way radio microphones, etc. 
3) Person should avoid all other objects that penetrate from inside to outside.

Unsafe vehicles include those made of fiberglass and other plastics, plus small riding machinery or vehicles without enclosed canopies, such as motorcycles, farm tractors, golf cars, and ATVs.

Metal buildings are lightning-safe places. So, too, are large permanent structures made of masonry and wood. Once again, the caveat is not to become a part of the pathway conducting lightning. This means avoiding all electrical circuits, switches, powered equipment, metal doors and windows, hand rails, and so on. Small post-supported structures, such as bus stops or picnic shelters, are not safe and cannot be made safe for people.