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One golf course worker affected by lightning still hospitalized

By Brian Hallenbeck

Publication: theday.com

Published June 26. 2012 3:00PM   Updated June 27. 2012 12:01AM

North Stonington One of the golf course workers affected by Monday’s lightning strike at Lake of Isles remained hospitalized Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman for The William W. Backus Hospital said.

Two others admitted to the hospital were released, Shawn Mawhiney said.

The hospital could not provide the condition of the remaining hospitalized worker whose name had not been released.

Lake of Isles has not identified any of the 15 workers affected by the lightning strike because of privacy issues, said Archie Cart, the golf course’s general manager.

Six of those affected by the strike were treated at The Westerly Hospital and released, while two others were treated at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and released, hospital spokesmen said.

Inspectors from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration were at Lake of Isles on Tuesday.

Monday’s incident occurred about 9 a.m. when lightning struck the course near a building were workers had taken refuge from an impending storm. No one was directly struck by lightning.

Dan Gagnon, acting area director of OSHA’s Hartford office, said employers must notify OSHA whenever a workplace incident causes three or more employees to be hospitalized.

“We’re required to check into it,” he said.

Lake of Isles, owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, is managed by Troon Golf, headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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