July 21: Safety Manager Says He Was Fired for Initiating Lightning Safety Protocol

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A construction safety manager at a hydroelectric project shut down work temporarily after one of the project’s safety coordinators had seen lightning and the lightning detection system went into full alarm mode. He immediately enacted the “40-30 lightning action protocol,” a well-known industry standard in which construction workers take cover from a storm. But he was chastised by a construction manager over the work stoppage on the phone and in person. And at the end of the work day, he was fired.