We all need to be aware of safety and doublecheck for voltage,enforce LOTO,and wear PPEwhen required.
Read this man's story
Little Did I Know
I have been working with electricity for over 25 years. I have been shocked on numerous occasions by low voltage. I knew I would never get hit by big voltage. I was TOO EXPEERIENED- “Little Did I Know”
I have been working on this type of 4,160-volt switchgear for over 8 years. I knew the safety latch would not fail. It never had in the past. - “Little Did I Know”
The procedures I was working by were ok with me. I had did it this way before, and it was safe. - “Little Did I know”
My safety glasses with side-shields, and my nomex uniform I was wearing was a big inconvenience. Just something OSHA required. - “Little Did I Know”
I thought first aid and rescue teams were just a paper work requirement. It wouldn’t ever be used on me. - “Little Did I Know”
I had always heard at work that we were like one “big family” working together. I believed some felt that way and others didn’t. – “Little Did I Know”
I always felt that one day my wife would get the worst news about me. That’s just part of life. Besides, I wouldn’t be around to see her grieving. – “Little Did I Know”
A couple of days after coming home from the Burn Center, I was talking on the phone with my mother who lives in Florida. She is 82 years old and has Alzheimer’s. She also lives in a nursing home. She told me that after my sister told her about my burns that she cried all night knowing the pain I was in. Knowing that she has Alzheimer’s I was afraid she couldn’t comprehend or express a lot of emotions. – “Little Did I Know”
I have four grandkids, one of who is only 7 weeks old. It never occurred to me that I might take chances that would not let me watch them grow up. – “Little Did I Know”
I knew God preformed miracles. After spending 13 months in Vietnam and as the years passed by, my faith in God and in miracles was at it’s low. – “Little Did I Know”
I have a twin brother. Now that I have no hair and no mustache, my wife says that I really look like my brother. That hurts my feelings because he’s UGLY. – “That I Know”
I will never forget the feeling of awakening and knowing that I was still alive. I Thanked God. Nor will I ever forget seeing the joyous faces of my wife and son at my bedside. I have the chance now to look ahead, the chance to see my wife, my sons, my daughter, my grandkids, my brother, my sisters, my nephews and nieces again. I have the chance of a lifetime. I hope and pray no one ever has to experience these feelings under these conditions.
I thank God.
I thank you.
Be safe and may God Bless All.
Hank (Last Name removed)