The Electrical Contractor Network

ECN Electrical Forum
Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

Books, Tools and Test Equipment for Electrical and Construction Trades

Register Now!

Register Now!

We want your input!


2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

Recent Posts
Parking lot pole light swap....
by gfretwell
10/24/16 08:46 PM
International Wire Colour Codes
by Tjia1981
10/23/16 12:08 PM
Son of Sparky
by HotLine1
10/20/16 07:43 PM
Speaking of Plugmold ...
by gfretwell
10/17/16 02:37 PM
Broken battery charger? Check for cobwebs!
by gfretwell
10/17/16 02:30 PM
New in the Gallery:
12.5A through 0.75mm flex (just out of curiosity)
Shout Box

Top Posters (30 Days)
gfretwell 14
HotLine1 7
ghost307 7
renosteinke 6
Potseal 4
Who's Online
1 registered (HotLine1), 58 Guests and 8 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#163865 - 05/19/07 05:53 PM Man fighting for life after shock
32VAC Offline

Registered: 06/28/04
Posts: 203
Loc: Alice Springs, NT, Australia

By Julie Tullberg
May 20, 2007 12:00am
Article from: AAP

A 21-YEAR-OLD man is fighting for his life after suffering an electric shock while standing in a water puddle in Melbourne's west.

The Footscray man and a friend were exploring a vacant warehouse in Barnool Ave in Yarraville when trouble struck about 7pm (AEST) yesterday.

“It appears the Footscray man climbed up onto a second-storey mezzanine floor and came into contact with bare wires from a large electrical transformer,” Victoria Police spokeswoman Sheree Argento said.

“Police estimate the man was subjected to 470 volts, made worse by the fact that he was standing in a puddle of water at the time.”

He was found 30 minutes later by his friend, a 21-year-old from Altona who had been exploring another part of the building.

“The man sustained extensive burns to his left arm and other serious injuries and was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he remains in a life-threatening condition,” Ms Argento said.

Ms Argento said it was believed the men visited the warehouse after logging onto a website that urged people to explore drains and vacant buildings.,23599,21762751-1702,00.html

Arc Flash PPE Clothing, LOTO & Insulated Tools
#164147 - 05/26/07 05:19 AM Re: Man fighting for life after shock [Re: 32VAC]
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
Police estimate the man was subjected to 470 volts

Where does 470V fit into Australia's standard voltage levels?

#164249 - 05/29/07 02:25 AM Re: Man fighting for life after shock [Re: pauluk]
32VAC Offline

Registered: 06/28/04
Posts: 203
Loc: Alice Springs, NT, Australia
No idea at all, voltage levels go 415 then 6600 for memory.

#164420 - 06/02/07 08:17 PM Re: Man fighting for life after shock [Re: 32VAC]
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
The Police must have had one of those cheap "Tricky-Dicky" DMM's that give you really out of wack voltage readings.
What on earth are these people doing in a place like this for a start?.
Secondly, if this place was vacant, why is there live conductors in there?, wouldn't the place be disconnected?.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#164527 - 06/05/07 05:52 AM Re: Man fighting for life after shock [Re: Trumpy]
ComputerWizKid Offline

Registered: 09/20/03
Posts: 116
Loc: Connecticut, USA
To Trumpy I myself I never done it but it called "Urban Exploration" People go to abandoned building and places and explore them for fun. Why I don't know here is a website with more information about it,
Theres always enough room in the junction box.You just need a bigger hammer

#164771 - 06/10/07 08:24 PM Re: Man fighting for life after shock [Re: ComputerWizKid]
JoeTestingEngr Offline

Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 786
Loc: Chicago, Il.
I hope the guy gets better but I can't help but wonder if he was doing a passtime that we call "breaking and entering" or "criminal trespass".


ECN Electrical Forums - sponsored by Electrical Contractor Network - Electrical and Code Related Discussion for Electrical Contractors, Electricians, Inspectors, Instructors, Engineers and other related Professionals