Investigations underway after worker dies following lightning strike in NT

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A man has died after he was struck and killed by lightning while at work in the Northern Territory.

The 34-year-old was picking mangoes in Berry Springs, south of Darwin, last Tuesday when the bolt hit a nearby tree.

Investigations underway after worker dies following lightning strike in NT

Camera IconThe mango industry is big business in the NT, but has been hampered by a lack of seasonal workers. Credit: News Corp Australia

An NT WorkSafe spokesman said three workers were injured after the lightning arced towards the trailer they were working in.

The 34-year-old was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital in a critical condition.

He remained in intensive care until Saturday, when he died as a result of his injuries.

Investigations underway after worker dies following lightning strike in NT

Camera IconThe man was working on a farm in Berry Springs when the incident occurred. Floss Adams. Credit: Supplied

The man and his two colleagues were foreign nationals who had come to Australia as seasonal workers.

It’s understood they were all from East Timor.

The NT’s consul-general for the country has been contacted for comment.

NT WorkSafe are continuing to investigate, while NT Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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