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FORT COLLINS- The 9Wants to Know investigators confirmed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate after nine farm employees were injured by lighting Thursday afternoon.

The employees were working in the fields for Full Circle Farms, according to the owner of Silver Reef Organic Farms who said he leases the land to Full Circle Farms.

Two workers are still in the hospital as of Friday afternoon, 9NEWS confirmed.

The OSHA investigation will be completed within six months, OSHA Spokeswoman Diana Petterson said.

"If violations of OSHA standards are found, then OSHA will issue citations that accompany a monetary penalty," Petterson said.

An eyewitness says he looked over just as a bolt of lightning struck the ground, feet away from the nine workers.

Multiple ambulances arrived on scene and transported the workers to local hospitals.

Doctors say lightning usually stops a person's heart or damages the neurological system, which is what happened to the farm workers.

Have a comment or tip for investigative reporter Jace Larson? Call him at 303-871-1432 or e-mail him
jace.larson@9news.com

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