Construction Worker Dies After Lightning Strike

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- A construction worker in southwest Florida has died after being struck by lightning while he was climbing down scaffolding.

Collier County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Karie Partington says Robert Wiley died at the scene Wednesday afternoon.

Partington tells the Naples Daily News ( ) that Wiley and other constructions working at a Naples home saw bad weather approaching and decided to seek shelter. That's when Wiley was struck.

Partington says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will determine whether any charges should be filed against Wiley's employers.

The National Weather Service has recorded two fatal lightning strikes in Florida so far this year. The state led the country with five lightning deaths last year.


Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News,

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