Following an inspection by our insurance company, it has informed us that we must assess the risk of machinery being struck by lightning when in use. It states that this is a legal requirement under health and safety legislation. Is this the case?

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Following an inspection by our insurance company, it has informed us that we must assess the risk of machinery being struck by lightning when in use. It states that this is a legal requirement under health and safety legislation. Is this the case?

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There are a number of pieces of legislation that make specific requirements in relation to this matter.

Schedule 3 of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008, in relation to essential health and safety requirements, require machinery in need of protection against the effects of lightning while being used to be “fitted with a system for conducting the resultant electrical charges to earth”.

In addition, regulation 6 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require electrical equipment which may reasonably foreseeably be exposed to the “effects of the weather” to be constructed or protected “as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, danger arising from such exposure”.

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