by , on February 24, 2012

No charges filed following electrocution of several youth working in Illinois cornfield when lightning struck the fields’ irrigation system while they were removing tassels from the corn.

Stories on this incident indicate the irrigation system may not have been properly grounded and/or bonded resulting in several youths being injured and two fatally.  OSHA and the NEC requires proper wiring be installed and maintained in any worksite.  Though wiring is not the primary field of a farmer. Installations must be maintained in a safe operating condition and adequate training should be provided even to temporary workers.

Click here to read more about electrical shock fatalities to young farm workers.


Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

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