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#147413 - 10/04/02 10:52 PM My first experiance of being zapped
WireNuts87 Offline
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Registered: 10/05/02
Posts: 7
Loc: Thousand Oaks,CA
Let's see I was only in the trade for about 3 weeks.At the time I was working for an old timmer his name was mr. burns!!! Any how we were working in a bank on the lighting 277v I was working in a junction box (5s box)mr.burns tells me " do you see them white wires there " I said yes I do he said they are dead go ahead and put them together.Well I did not know at the time use a tester never trust another persons word.With my elbow resting on the grid I went ahead and put all 8 of them together.That's when I first met god!! I could not let go !! There was a framer walking by and saw what was going on.He hit the ladder with a board to break me free..If it were not for him I would have been toast.Mr. burns never used a tester just his fingers.
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#147414 - 10/05/02 01:28 AM Re: My first experiance of being zapped
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Registered: 11/17/00
Posts: 2342
Loc: West Virginia
Just a few days ago, Thursday, I think, I was installing fixtures in Spring House 9. While installing a sconce, I looked at the switch, saw that it was in the up position, flipped it down, a little voice in my head said "probe it" which I ignored... commenced to stripping the insulation on the black wire, and got the nastiest wet-handed hand to hand shock I have received in five or six years. My first thought was "3-Way, you idiot", I had wired the house myself! My hands were damp from a towelette from frequent washing of our hands to prevent fingerprints and dirt from becoming back-charges. Yesterday I was working late and had the main off and was still probing every box before stripping, cutting or pulling wirenuts off.

I also made sure I was wearing a shirt with a pocket to make the volt-probe ever-handy.

Stupid, stupid, stupid!

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Yes, I always check my probe on known live and dead circuits before trusting it at all, and I never fully trust it as with any metering device... Just trying to avoid obvious concerns over such...
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#147415 - 10/05/02 04:13 AM Re: My first experiance of being zapped
Joe Tedesco Offline
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Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3325
Loc: Boston, Massachusetts USA
Look at this thread for additional stories that are always good to review so that the same mistake is not made again!

I suppose properly rated gloves would be helpful if they were used.

What are the OSHA rules that are related to this subject?

George, oh George were are you??

http://electrical-contractor.net/ubb/Forum14/HTML/000269.html
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#147416 - 10/05/02 12:56 PM Re: My first experiance of being zapped
txsparky Offline
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Registered: 05/25/01
Posts: 578
Loc: Magnolia,.Texas U.S.A.
First rule of apprenticeship......Never trust anyone named Mr.Burns OUCH !!!
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