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#113188 - 03/23/02 06:36 AM Darwin Award Nomination
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I nominate this guy for a DARWIN award !

This Excavator operator had more than engine troubles, I saw this while doing a temp service Insp, you see the dark area on the track's? well that's fuel , it was running out of the eng compartment , while the guy was working on it , he said , he had put something there to catch it ! I said what? The battery charger???? The wind was blowing the fuel on the charger . And YES it is plugged in ! and NO it's NOT on a GFCI , and if you can see where the plug from the charger IS plugged in , the cord cap cover (el-cheapo) has slide off and the terminals ARE exposed .

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#113189 - 03/23/02 03:53 PM Re: Darwin Award Nomination
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a contestant for sure....
#113190 - 03/23/02 05:36 PM Re: Darwin Award Nomination
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#113191 - 03/23/02 07:58 PM Re: Darwin Award Nomination
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Posts: 273
Loc: saluda,s.c.
how you say out with a bang, but more like a KABOOOOM!!!
#113192 - 03/26/02 04:04 PM Re: Darwin Award Nomination
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Posts: 5303
A serv call I did to a Putney Vt. gas station revealed 38v from pump to ground ( I mean THE ground..), self servers were dropping the gas nozzel due to being bit.

The pump jockeys ( from the oil co) had changed out the pump, never made up the 3/4" GRC, and had left out the grounding conductor.

Although I have written this into the forum(s) a few times, similar scenario's are daily for me here......

#113193 - 03/26/02 06:02 PM Re: Darwin Award Nomination
Registered: 02/26/02
Posts: 38
here's a lil side note for ya,,,, you see that stake in the background?
well,,,,, it marks a 800 amp UG to the building,,,I keep my radio on scanner mode I'm just waiting to hear the call, they wanted to string a temp over this , I told them NO WAY dig the new service first,
They are putting in a new 800 and an additional 600 for the new building which will go around this.
after I saw this , I'm putting it in writing and sending it to all concerned to CMA
#113194 - 03/27/02 04:19 PM Re: Darwin Award Nomination
electure Offline

Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4259
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
Fortunately, it's diesel, not gasoline.
An owner-operator-contractor I knew used to clean up his backhoe with gasoline...while whisky-drunk...while smoking a cigar.
#113195 - 04/15/02 08:25 PM Re: Darwin Award Nomination
shortcircuit1 Offline
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Registered: 04/12/02
Posts: 5
Loc: Effort
Hey High Voltage you sure have yuor hands full up there. I can remember doing work in Mass. And if memory serves me right Air Recievers are supposed to be 12 inches off the ground and they ( inspectors ) check them by rapping the tanks with a hammer looking for weak spots.
Hmmm..maybe it just Mass...LOL
#113196 - 04/17/02 06:26 PM Re: Darwin Award Nomination
Registered: 02/26/02
Posts: 38
here's a lil update , remember I said there was an 800 amp ug here,,,
well folks , today i was there and he hit it,
lucky for him he just broke the pipes and didn't dammage the wires
#113197 - 04/18/02 10:42 AM Re: Darwin Award Nomination
mamills Offline
Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 745
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
Was the 800a. energized yet? Hope not...

Mike (mamills)

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