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Australia: Seasonal worker dies after lightning strike on mango farm

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A seasonal worker has died after lightning struck a farm in Berry Springs in the Northern Territory.

The 34-year-old man was one of three men working from the back of a trailer on a mango farm when lightning hit a nearby tree, according to preliminary findings from an investigation by NT WorkSafe.

"It appears the lightning has arced from the tree towards the trailer injuring the three workers," a spokesperson said.

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The man was taken to hospital and admitted to the intensive care unit.

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His co-workers, aged 30 and 31, were taken to the emergency department.

NT WorkSafe said all three men are foreign nationals who entered Australia as part of the seasonal worker program.

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"Enquires are still ongoing to determine an appropriate regulatory response and we are unable to provide any further information," a spokesperson said.

"Once NT WorkSafe has sufficient information and clarity on the incident, an incident notification or safety alert will be published, if required."

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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