Total Eclipse: You Need This Advice
Tomorrow, many Americans will witness an astronomical phenomenon: a total solar eclipse. It will sweep across the country on Monday, August 21. The path will pass over 14 states, although a partial eclipse will be visible in most of the country. When you combine the rarity of the event with the wide viewing area, you have a recipe for many disrupted incidents and potential injuries if proper precaution is not taken.
The Day Of The Eclipse
Astronomers are able to predict with a precise level of accuracy the time and effects we can expect on the day of the eclipse on August 21, 2017.
Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the very brief moments when the sun is totally obscured by the moon. Even special glasses are not full proof.
Visit NASA’s website for best safety practices if you will be outdoors or working outdoors during this event, which will occur in the morning hours of August 21, 2017.
If you operate mobile equipment outdoors – whether a company car, forklift, or machinery, remind them of the dangers of distracted driving. Viewing the eclipse while operating heavy equipment is dangerous and could result in an accident.
Finally, ensure that all individuals who work outdoors or in elevated settings have all required fall protection equipment and reminded of the importance of “tying off.” Workers on rooftops or exposed platforms are likely to be distracted during the event, which may result in a trip and fall.
This Legal Alert provides an overview of a specific astronomical event. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation.