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Lightning Safety Tips on How to Protect Your Team Outdoors

Thunderstorm comes from rain-bearing clouds that also produce lightning and therefore are dangerous and extremely destructive.

Lightning is an occupational hazard that’s often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be because it can severely injure or even kills workers, particularly if they are working at height. A company without clear lightning safety tips or plan risks not only the lives of their crew but also substantial financial losses.

According to a local report, a worker saw severe weather approaching and decided to head down from the rooftop, where he had been working. Unfortunately, lightning struck as he was climbing down. While concentrating on the job at hand, it's tempting to shrug off approaching severe weather and remain at the site for few extra minutes. But the result, as this event demonstrates, could be deadly.

Here are some lightning safety tips on how you can protect your workers and maintain lightning safety outdoors.

  • Be prepared to stop working or take the work to a lower level. Actually, the weather plays a crucial role in deciding what tasks can or can’t be done on certain days. Awareness of changing weather conditions is the first line of defense. Weather reports can easily be checked via mobile apps, internet, weather radio stations, etc. Hold a supervisor responsible for watching the weather report, continuously if the job so demands.

         If the storm is on its way, stop all work and move to a safe indoor area, typically a permanent, enclosed building with four walls and a roof. The next safest place would             be a metal vehicle with rolled up windows.

  • Stay away from conductive materials including fences, machinery, and electrical equipment. Avoid solitary trees, open fields, water bodies, and corded telephones.
  • Create a safety policy. Add a section on lightning safety to your company’s safety manual. Make sure all employees review the policy and insist they promptly follow the instructions recommended when a thunderstorm approaches the job site.
  • Resume operations at least 30 minutes after hearing the last sound of thunder. Of course with Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc’s lightning protection system in place, you need not to worry about the damage to any equipment; still, it is recommended to do a thorough pre-use inspection of the equipment again to check for damage.

For more lightning safety tips for your facility, contact us.

Protect Your Facility With Lightning Surge Protection Devices

Today’s industrial setups are heavily reliant on the continuous and efficient running of electrical and electronic systems. Overvoltage surges are a major cause of failure of this equipment.

Surge protection Devices

An electrical transient or surge is a short duration, high-energy impulse that is imparted on the normal, electrical power system whenever there is a sudden change in the electrical circuit. They can originate from a variety of source like lightning strikes, switching of utility grid or capacitor banks, electrical accidents, circuit breaker tripping, etc.

Modern microelectronic components are very sensitive to overvoltages and because many systems are networked, they rely on each other for the system to operate. If one part of the system gets damaged, due to lightning or surge, the whole system won’t operate. The consequential losses suffered during such events i.e. downtime and lost production can be very high.

Costly repairs, downtime and sustained revenue losses can be caused by the absence of lightning arrestors. Reason enough to protect your facility against damage by using LEC’s lightning surge protection devices.

We offer an extended family of lightning surge protection devices for various types of power distribution systems.

Facility Guard – our patented, UL listed lightning surge protection device eliminates common destructive failures at the service entrance and sub panels. With a peak capacity of up to 400,000 amps, it ensures complete protection for industries.

Transient Limiters – fail-safe, self-protected design; these nipple mounted devices come in a range of voltages and configurations for light commercial, industrial and home use. Another patented, UL listed device from Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., with a protection capacity of up to 100,000 amps.

Electrical transients are not limited to the electrical distribution system. They can enter a facility through phone/fax line, cables and satellite systems, and even the local area networks. Therefore, in order to achieve maximum protection from surge damage, lightning surge protection devices should be installed on all systems susceptible to electrical transients.

Data lines and telecommunication lines require protection from electromagnetically induced transient surges. We offer:

Data Line Protector – this state-of-the-art hybrid surge protection are available on a range of configurations.

TE500 – a hybrid form of surge protector for data and telecommunication lines.

For safe operation of electrical equipment, these lightning surge protection devices are extremely useful in places where ultimate protection is required. Choose from our wide range of devices designed to protect your installation systems by limiting high operating voltage and diverting surge currents to ground.

Properly Applying Lightning Protection System in the Healthcare Industry

Lightning on a healthcare facility can be catastrophic. It can knock out, disable or even destroy electronic equipment essential to a health care facility's day to day operations. Life support, imaging, safety, security and communication systems depend on digital circuits that cannot withstand lightning’s hundred million volts.

Many facilities assume electrical systems are protected when grounded according to the National Electric Code – but this does not address lightning protection. Even an ordinary thunderstorm can cause the problem to a health care facility’s electrical system.

Though the risk is less to a low-rise outpatient facility in a dry region than that of a multi-storied healthcare center in an area prone to a frequent thunderstorm, all structures in every region are vulnerable, hence the need of a lightning protection.

The basic

Lightning protection provides a path to safely conduct lightning’s electrical charge from the top of a structure into the ground. Air terminals are installed on the roof and connected with conductors approved for lightning protection. These conductors lead from the roof to the ground level and connected to a ground terminal to provide an electrically continuous path to the ground.

In addition to direct lightning strikes, a building is subject to electrical surges due to strikes that occur outside the building. These surges send high voltage current spikes through power, telephone and utility lines; thus surge protectors at service entrance is mandatory.  

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant inc. lightning protection systems work the same way yet provide additional protection.  Our system negates the electrical currents within the protected area, eliminating the causes for a lightning to strike. This product is our patented Dissipation Array System (DAS). The DAS is designed with a combination of different multipoint ionizer to reduce the electric field intensity; eliminating the strike within the protected area.

Moving on

To ensure the lightning protection system installed is functioning properly, inspection and compliance are mandatory. This includes direct strike protection as well as grounding and surge solutions.

In addition, each DAS design is engineered to be the most effective protection for each site, and comes with our “no strike” warranty. – This ensures complete protection on all LEC supervised installation.

We are successfully serving the health care industries for decades--"Lightning Eliminators".

The Perfect Lightning Rod Protection for Communication Towers

There’s little argument that lightning poses an enormous threat to telecommunication, radio and TV towers.

Lightning rod endeavors to attract lightning in order to divert lightning energy to earth.  Their main purpose is to attract lightning before it reaches any other object and allow the currents to flow down to the ground and dissipate the energy through the earth.

The traditional lightning rod also called the Franklin rod works on the same principles. They are metal rods installed over a structure as a preferred point of a lightning strike. The terminals are connected to a network of horizontal and vertical conductors that are terminated to earthing terminals. They are attached to the structure to be protected and rely on the conductivity of the metal portion of the structure to conduct lightning currents away, safely to the ground.

While the traditional lightning rod protection may avoid some of the worst effects of a direct strike, it has some serious drawbacks. It suffers from the secondary effects related to the close proximity of the electrostatic and electromagnetic fields, which in turn are very dangerous to flammables, explosives, and electronics.

However, the result of research at Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc has led to a significant breakthrough in the knowledge and understanding of the lightning phenomenon. Our research has helped to develop better protection and prevention devices.

DAS is a unique lightning rod protection solution, preventing lightning strikes on the tower with 100% success. Unlike traditional lightning rod, they don’t attract lightning but keeps lightning away from the strike. This prevents any failure in any types of equipment on site and avoids service drops in operations.

We have been protecting communication towers around the world for over 43 years and have witnessed first-hand the advancement and changes that have occurred due to innovation. Instead of using a simple lightning rod with a single sharp point, there are hundreds of sharp points rapidly emitting charges. They work on the charge dissipation principle which delays the formation of upward streamers by dissipating the concentration of charge on the structure. This makes the structure almost invisible to lightning.

LEC has created a hybrid lightning rod protection package that offers a robust and cost-effective solution for communication towers. It’s called the Tower Kit.

Contact us to find out more.

Industrial Lightning Safety Tips You Will Love to Know

Each year lightning causes dozens of death, thousands of fire, and billions of dollars in property damage. Most lightning damage occurs during the summer months. However, lightning can occur year round, so when working outdoors, it's important to pay attention to the weather and take appropriate action when a thunderstorm is approaching.

Employees who work outdoors in open spaces, on or adjacent to tall objects, near explosives or conductive materials are vulnerable to lightning strikes. Industries at risk include construction, telecommunication, petrochemicals, etc.

Some lightning safety tips to protect your business against lightning

  • Include an emergency action plan or a safety protocol for lightning
  • Make your workers aware of lightning safety warning and identifying locations for safe shelter.
  • Post safety information about lightning at worksites and train your workers to follow them
  • Managers at worksites must check the weather forecast before work begins and consider rescheduling work to avoid hazardous weather.
  • Likewise, they should keep track of weather conditions and move to safer locations if thunder is heard or a storm is approaching.
  • Have workers unplug any electrical tools and stow them quickly out of the way
  • Move to a fully enclosed building and stay in the shelter for at least 30 minutes after hearing the last round of thunder
  • Install a lightning protection system to safeguard your structure and assets from a lightning strike
  • Surge protection is absolutely essential to protect your business from transient or surge voltage and ensure peace of mind
  • Avoid touching, handling and proximity to any metallic objects for example towers, metal parts of vehicles, power lines, pipes or rails.
  • If caught in the open, crouch down with your feet together, but with minimal contact with the ground.

Installing a lightning protection system is imperative but following the lightning safety tips is also important. Through the storm, it's important to stay inside a structure and avoid water and electrical sources. In addition, using wired electrical equipment, hand-held tools, and appliances even landline telephones should be avoided.

Lightning Eliminator & Consultants Inc., will help you plan ahead and stay safe. We help you take steps to protect yourself and your property against nature’s most dangerous occurrences.

Petrochemical Industry Safety Check for Lightning Protection

Petrochemical facilities, refineries, storage facilities, tank terminals and batteries in the petrochemical and hydrocarbon industry are important arteries of individual countries and the entire world. Today, the rigs are drilling deeper, platforms are stationed farther out into international waters and sophisticated electronics dominate the machinery that runs it all.

Lightning Protection

With so much at stake, companies need to protect them from any unacceptable damage caused by secondary and electromagnetic effects of lightning.

Do you know the cost of lightning protection measures is highly cost-effective when compared to what could be lost?

A single lightning strike on a storage tank holding 1 million gallons of gasoline can result in hard cost losses estimated more than $10 million dollars accounting for the loss of product, the tank, extinguishing the fire and downtime. But, there are more costs involved that are not directly related to lightning, such as, the lawsuits following the accidents, loss of government contract, loss of client’s confidence, and many more.

Additionally, the mean time between failures is also overlooked. A lightning strike can easily siphon off a secondary surge which may not initially damage an electronic system, will degrade it over time.

Even when properly protected with a lightning protec

Petrochemical facilities, refineries, storage facilities, tank terminals and batteries in the petrochemical and hydrocarbon industry are important arteries of individual countries and the entire world. Today, the rigs are drilling deeper, platforms are stationed farther out into international waters and sophisticated electronics dominate the machinery that runs it all.

With so much at stake, companies need to protect them from any unacceptable damage caused by secondary and electromagnetic effects of lightning.

Do you know the cost of lightning protection measures is highly cost-effective when compared to what could be lost?

A single lightning strike on a storage tank holding 1 million gallons of gasoline can result in hard cost losses estimated more than $10 million dollars accounting for the loss of product, the tank, extinguishing the fire and downtime. But, there are more costs involved that are not directly related to lightning, such as, the lawsuits following the accidents, loss of government contract, loss of client’s confidence, and many more.

Additionally, the mean time between failures is also overlooked. A lightning strike can easily siphon off a secondary surge which may not initially damage an electronic system, will degrade it over time.

Even when properly protected with a lightning protection system, today’s mission-critical systems can suffer unexpected damage. Presently more is required than just managing a lightning strike. Thus a typical Franklin rod may not be the most effective or the right solution for tank batteries or refineries.

Lightning Eliminators and Consultant Inc. deploys Dissipation Array System for direct lightning protection, indirect lightning protection, grounding and bonding and loadout protections. Additionally, we consider soil resistivity, level of lightning protection required, power system earth fault level, among other while designing the perfect lightning protection solution for you.

The installation of a lightning protection system concerns numerous people and equipment within your company. Our Dissipation Array System protects your employees, maintains the integrity of your production plant and contributes to your production output.

Lightning Protection

Our team has recognized experts from all areas of lightning protection and we employ the latest technology for manufacturing and installing a lightning protection system.

Reduce your risk and downtime today, contact our team today and get your facility risk accessed free of cost.

Even when properly protected with a lightning protection system, today’s mission-critical systems can suffer unexpected damage. Presently more is required than just managing a lightning strike. Thus a typical Franklin rod may not be the most effective or the right solution for tank batteries or refineries.

Lightning Eliminators and Consultant Inc. deploys Dissipation Array System for direct lightning protection, indirect lightning protection, grounding and bonding and loadout protections. Additionally, we consider soil resistivity, level of lightning protection required, power system earth fault level, among other while designing the perfect lightning protection solution for you.

The installation of a lightning protection system concerns numerous people and equipment within your company. Our Dissipation Array System protects your employees, maintains the integrity of your production plant and contributes to your production output.

Our team has recognized experts from all areas of lightning protection and we employ the latest technology for manufacturing and installing a lightning protection system.

Reduce your risk and downtime today, contact our team today and get your facility risk accessed free of cost.

Lightning Rod Protection to Safeguard Industries

Measures to prevent lightning strikes on industries have never been more sophisticated.

The days of relying on conventional lightning rod protection from the fire are all but over. Complex operations are now been deployed with advanced options to minimize damage and limit downtime from a lightning strike.

Smart solution

The most recently developed technology actually deters the strike from hitting facilities at all and potentially avoids the risk of damage completely. It combines earthing, DAS protection and surge suppression to create an isolation zone that inhibits directs strikes to the protected site and limits the impact of any nearby strikes.

This innovation and one of the kind lightning rod protection solutions have been installed in some of the most lightning prone environments on the planet and credited with the success rate of more than 99% in lightning strike prevention.  The system is protecting petrochemical sites, data and telecommunication centers, transit and logistics facilities and power generation sectors, among others.

Here, we are talking about the Dissipation Array System that works on the Charge transfer technology.

This system prevent strikes by continually lowering the voltage differential between the ground and the charged cloud to well below the lightning potential. It also reduces the risk of electrical impulses on electrical service lines and control lines. Our dissipation array system is available in a different configuration to provide optimal protection from lightning for any industry.

This technology coupled with lightning rods provides the maximum protection against lightning damage.

The problem with the conventional lightning rod protection is that it is designed to collect and channel the force of a strike to ground. This 200-year-old concept was never intended for the protection of modern hi-tech automated facilities.  In fact, during a research, this conventional system was not found to be scientifically or technically when field tested under natural lightning conditions. DAS, on the other hand, prevents the accumulation of charge thereby preventing a lightning strike.   We like to say, “don’t attract lightning, prevent it!”

DAS primary features are:

  • Strike prevention, not collection
  • Maintenance free system
  • Customized design
  • All-time protection

Apart from our patented products, Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., has the advantage of the unique market-leading experience, knowledge, and expertise.  Our team members have recognized experts in the field of lightning control and prevention and the technical development superiority, consulting services, and lightning prevention solutions are customized for each client.

The First Lightning Safety Step – Lightning Audit

Spring and summer are peak season for one of nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. But don’t be fooled, lightning can strike any time of the year and even during a snowstorm. LEC have been providing lightning protection for over 45 years.  You need to take lightning safety measures in advance and one of the first steps is to get your lightning protection system audited and update regularly.

Lightning hazards continue to threaten the safety of people and property in the form of shocks, burns, injury, fire and even explosion – these risks have to be managed effectively.

The lightning safety audit is an investigative process that measures lightning conditions against standards to determine the most cost-effective changes for major improvements in a lightning protection strategy.

Our lightning safety audit is carried out utilizing all national and international lightning standards. Our strategic approach and structured methodology take into account critical issues in an integrated, coherent, systematic and holistic manner. This includes a risk and technical assessment followed by design, planning and its maintenance recommendations.

Our process:

  • We first evaluate the type of structures within the facilities, there construction and mission critical components.
  • Then the characteristics are taken into consideration – outside and inside systems, persons present, explosion and fire risks, etc
  • Lightning frequency in the area – Few areas in the United States are free from thunderstorms while few others have more than their fair share of storms. This is an important process as it determines the lightning protection design and its installation.
  • We further check the standard and custom power lines
  • Evaluate risk parameters and lightning safety cost.
  • Finally, the lightning safety audit report is submitted which aims to reduce maintenance cost, improve reliability and increase personal safety.

Lightning strike causes an electromagnetic pulse which can often result in major equipment damage, critical data loss, and lost business opportunities. Negate the risk and opt for a complete, comprehensive lightning safety audit.

The Best Lightning Rod Protection For Every Industry

Millions of dollars are spent each year as a result of lightning damage to businesses. Every industry is vulnerable to lightning damage, fires, fried equipment, injury, downtime and other forms of disruption and loss.

We understand the damage that unpredictable weather conditions like a lightning strike can cause. That is why we have designed effective, high-quality industrial strength lightning protection systems customized for our clients to protect their property and mitigate losses.

Our lightning protection systems works in several different ways to protect your business.  One of the important benefits of LEC’s technology are that these systems compliment traditional legacy protection systems with modern patented capabilities that are capable of preventing lightning from striking within a protected area.  

Back in the 1700’s when Ben Franklin invented the lightning rod, no one worried about lightning causing a chemical tank to explode or shutting down electronic controls to a nuclear reactor. Technology has raised the stakes since the first lightning rods were invented.

Our lightning protection solutions utilize the appropriate technology for the protection needed for our client’s onsite requirements.   In some cases, our modern high-quality lightning rods may be used to provide a safe path to ground for certain assets while other more important assets may utilize our DAS solution which prevents lightning from striking within a given area.

Lightning strikes, even if safely grounded through a lightning rod, generate a strong electromagnetic pulse in buildings. This creates a surge effect that harms low voltage and essential electronic systems.  These may require surge suppression systems as a part of the overall solution.

A complete solution is engineered by LEC to use the right products, lightning rods, DAS, and Surge Suppressors to provide a full function high availability lightning protection solution for the facility footprint.

Whether you are looking to install a new lightning rod protection system or repair your existing lightning system, we can help by:

  • Reducing the risk to human life
  • Reduce physical damage to the structure
  • Reduce maintenance cost
  • Protect sensitive electronic equipment and other company assets
  • Prevent explosions, electric shocks, and ignition of fire

We ensure reliable, effective and safe lightning rod protection solutions and we will be happy to talk to you through our full range of services.

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Lightning Protection – A Necessity For Every Industry

It’s a given, lightning can strike industrial buildings.

As a leading specialist in lightning protection, LEC offers comprehensive, customized solutions to industrial, commercial and government facilities.

Our lighting protection system does not attract a lightning strike. Rather, it prevents the occurrence of a lightning strike. And in case of a direct lightning strike, if any electrical discharge does get through, our system provides a specified pathway on which lighting can travel and ground itself to earth. This double lighting protection leaves the structure, its occupants, and materials unharmed.  

To guarantee the safety of your workers and timely and correct functioning of your equipment, we offer the following services.

Consulting

Based on photos, drawings and building plans provided by you, we conduct an in-house technical review free of cost. This review will enable you to understand what your facility should plan for.

Even an on-site evaluation is possible. This work will allow you to better understand the dangers and then analyze the risk to finally take an informed decision. The overall cost is based on the complexities of the site and could range from one day to a multi-day event for larger sites.

Design

A customized, full lightning protection solution in the form of a formal report is provided. This report and risk assessment is as per IEC and IEEE and can also include a site-specific drawing for recommended design.

Further, a detailed engineering drawing and system specification with installation process are produced and another site survey is conducted by our lightning safety engineers.

Smart ground testing is a vital part of our design service, wherein a ground audit takes place in accordance with national and international standards. This produces highly accurate results, enabling us to deliver practical solutions.

Installation

At LEC we provide all equipment, supervision and physical labor to ensure that the installation is performed in accordance with the set quality standards. Good news is we provide a ‘no strike’ warranty which needs to be maintained with yearly recertification.

Inspection

An impartial third party inspection may also be carried out to ensure all lighting protection process is adapted to the set regulation and standards. Complying with these regulations is often a requirement of insurance companies.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. has been at the forefront of lightning protection system and we have years of experience to undertake a wide range of lighting protection strategies. 

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Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc. (LEC) serves its clients by installing and maintaining lightning protection systems (LPS), and prevention solutions. Equipped with over four decades of experience, LEC has provided successful support to over 90 countries and throughout the United States.