Outdoor Events & Stages

Bacon Lightning Protection have the vast experience of providing Lightning Protection Systems to all sorts of structures temporary and permanent.

From stages, podiums, generators and lightning / PA masts we can assist with any temporary Lightning Protection Solutions.

In 2007 Rospa published guidance ‘Lightning at Leisure’. The specific guidance aimed at events is as follows:
Workplaces have a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their staff under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Section 2(1). If staff are working outdoors in exposed areas, this must be reflected in the risk assessment.
Events must be thoroughly risk assessed, and if there is a risk of being struck by lightning this must be looked at and control measures put in place with a lightning safety plan.

Some of the recommendations are:

  • In case of an event, monitor the local weather from the day before activity to the end of play and the dispersal of crowds.
  • Have an efficient method of warning people at risk,and evacuation if necessary.
  • Define and list safe structures and locations. Safe structures can include a large/substantial building with plumbing and wiring that will conduct lightning to the ground such as a clubhouse, or fully enclosed metal vehicles including buses.
  • Determine criteria for suspension and resumption of activity – for example, use the 30/30 rule.
  • Ensure the awareness of the  information for – participants, officials, spectators, and staff must be aware of potential dangers and how to minimise the risk of injury.

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