Lightning Strikes Can Kill or Severely Injure Employees Working Outdoors

Outdoor Workers using the TALOS Lightning Strike Detector

Recommendations from OSHA & NOAA for Lightning Safety

OSHA and NOAA LogosLightning is often overlooked as an occupational hazard. Per OSHA’s recommendations, employers need awareness about lightning hazards to ensure their workers’ safety. According to OSHA’s factsheet, precautions should be taken to prevent worker exposure to lightning.

  • Approx. 50 people are killed by lightning each year in the U.S.
  • 55% of lightning injuries & fatalities occur to outdoor workers.

Employers should follow best practices to keep employees safe while working in the elements. Supervisors and workers at outdoor worksites should take lightning safety seriously.

TALOS Lightning Awareness System

TALOS provides both visual and audible alerts to warn outdoor workers to get to safety. Featuring the same technology used in expensive weather stations, TALOS provides bright LEDs and loud audible alerts when lightning is within 25 miles.

FACT: Thunder can only be heard from up to 10 miles away, but lighting can strike from 25 MILES AWAY.

Lightning Detection Alerts:

  • GREEN with 1 beep: 25 miles away
  • BLUE with 2 beeps: 16 miles away
  • RED with 3 beeps: 6 miles away

Key Features

  • Provides awareness of dangerous lightning in the area
  • Waterproof
  • Robust design for rugged applications
  • High rate of accuracy
  • Same technology as expensive weather stations
  • No WIFI or data connection needed

Key Benefits

  • Innovative technology minimizes false indicators
  • Antenna auto tuning for optimal detection
  • Cost effective
  • Customizable OEM Solution
  • Real time instant alerts
  • Detection of cloud to ground and cloud to cloud activity

While employees are aware of the inherent dangers of lightning & storms, the fact that lightning can present a danger outside of their range of knowledge can make for a perilous situation.

With the ability to distinguish between a false disturbance and actual lightning, you can trust the alerts are detecting imminent danger in real time.

Why TALOS® Lightning Alerts? Phones Already Send Notifications!

  • Phones are in pocket or not heard due to surrounding noise
  • Phones are set to silent/do not disturb
  • No data signal or connection
  • Weather notifications are set for specific intervals, real time updates can be missed
  • Weather app updates are set for a location other than where the person is actually located

TALOS Portable Lightning Detector (SFD-1000-G)

Talos Portable Lightning Detector - 3 Colors Indicate Distance of StormThe TALOS® portable lightning detector comes with a mount for easy mounting onto any type of outdoor equipment. You can also carry it with you anywhere you are working outdoors.

Benefits & Features

  • Compact design
  • Auto sleep functionality**
  • Easy to mount
  • Easy to detach
  • Long battery life (1 year based on average usage)
  • Battery powered requires 4 AA batteries (recommended)

**When the unit is first turned on, the unit is in “Normal Mode” and will actively listen for lightning/storm activity. Pressing the ON button a second time puts the unit into the auto-sleep mode. In this mode, the detector will sleep until motion is detected, then it will turn on. If no motion is detected for 30 minutes, the unit goes back to sleep.

Where to Mount the Lightning Detector

The lightning detector should be mounted a minimum of 3 feet away from cell phones, wearables, or any other devices emitting electrical noise to avoid false positive signals. If the detector goes through a sequence of all colors, this indicates that it is detecting electrical noise interference.

The SFD-1000-R Remote Lightning Detector

Construction Worker Inside Construction Equipment with TALOS remote Lightning Detector

SFD-1000-R Talos Remote Lightning DetectorWhen lightning is nearby, every moment counts. Outdoor workers may wear protective ear equipment or use loud equipment. Sooner than they realize, a storm is rapidly moving in with little time to get to safety.

The TALOS Remote Lightning Detector is a ready-to-install lightning detector solution. Utilizing a compact design for remote mounting & communication of lightning storms, implementing our lightning detector is possible in any number of applications.

The remote version lightning detector can be purchased with a rocker switch or round indicator light.

Optional External Power Horn

Perfect for Noisy Environments or Out of View of Visual Alerts

There are many situations when employees could be working in an area where their view is obstructed from seeing flashing alerts.

And noisy environments are commonplace as well.

For these situations, an alarm horn can be purchased to provide louder audible alerts that can be heard over long distances and loud noises.

Safety isn’t an option, it’s essential!

*Although the remote lightning detector is designed primarily for OEMs, end users can purchase and install themselves. Contact us at 727-532-6144 or email

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