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#148053 - 05/12/03 04:01 PM 18 Year Old + Beer + 69,000 Volts = Lucky to be Alive
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#148054 - 05/12/03 11:34 PM Re: 18 Year Old + Beer + 69,000 Volts = Lucky to be Alive
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TG,
Thanks for that,
Well it just goes to show what can happen when a kid gets fuelled up on booze!.
And the fact that his "friends" tried to prevent him climbing the tower, sort of suggests to me that he might have taken something else, as well as beer, I don't know.
I don't think that this guy will try that party trick again!.
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#148055 - 05/13/03 07:42 AM Re: 18 Year Old + Beer + 69,000 Volts = Lucky to be Alive
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I was working at a PSE&G generating station and the watcher, usually senior guy who gets paid to sit in a truck and watch the outside contractors work, said that if you were to try and climb on of the transmission towers that the static electricity would kill you before you got to the lines. Does anybody have any information on this?

Jim
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#148056 - 05/14/03 11:36 PM Re: 18 Year Old + Beer + 69,000 Volts = Lucky to be Alive
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JCooper,
Nah, he must have been having you on.
Line men work on these lines all the time, the key to doing it safely though is, not getting your body between the line and any earthed metal, as a flash-over will normally occur!.
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#148057 - 05/20/03 07:40 PM Re: 18 Year Old + Beer + 69,000 Volts = Lucky to be Alive
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JCooper,
I have personally climbed energized 500KV towers and I am still here to talk about it. It is a bit unnerving when you get up in between the conductors. Your hair stands up and the hum is so loud you have to yell to communicate. A couple things I was told by the lineman I was with was to climb bare handed (even though it was about 35 degrees) and make sure you have one hand planted at all times. If you don’t you could get a little tingle. The clearances are sufficient on these tower that you don’t become part of the circuit unless you do something like the kid in the story.
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#148058 - 05/20/03 08:05 PM Re: 18 Year Old + Beer + 69,000 Volts = Lucky to be Alive
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Iused to drink alcohol years ago,but I'll tell you,I ain't never been THAT drunk!
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#148059 - 06/07/03 06:51 AM Re: 18 Year Old + Beer + 69,000 Volts = Lucky to be Alive
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Think about it Guys!.
Electricity will always take the quickest path to Earth.
If you are between a Transmission tower(which is Earthed)and an energised line you have a flash-over distance of 2000mm @ 70kV
(Source:NZECP44 Live line work and safe working distances).
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