It’s March in Kentuckiana and with spring we can expect our fair share of thunderstorms. With thunder, comes lightning! If you own a commercial business, particularly one that has a lot of expensive equipment, like manufacturing you should consider lightning protection.
Losing a piece of equipment due to a lightning strike would be bad, but losing an employee to a lightning strike would be much much worse. According to the National Weather Service Storm Data, over the last 30 years (1989-2018) the U.S. has averaged 43 reported lightning fatalities per year. A much higher number of people survive being struck by lightning, but many are left with severe injuries. This could be a major liability for your business if you in any way failed to protect your employees from danger.
It is estimated that 3-5% of all commercial insurance claims come from lightning damage, according to Factory Mutual Insurance Company. While having the proper insurance does absolutely protect you from taking a major loss should a lightning strike occur, it will most likely cost you a headache if nothing else.
Loss of Business
In addition to property damage you might experience loss of business. If your production is down for any length of time you could find yourselves unable to fill customer orders and unable to accept new orders for a period of time. While proper insurance may cover your monetary losses it can not protect you from customers who are then forced to take their business elsewhere.
The good news is that you can protect yourself with conventional lightning protection systems. These systems are highly effective in reducing lightning-caused fires and damage to buildings and structures. If you are in Kentucky or Indiana and would like to speak to Laswell Electric Company about lightning protection give us a call.