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#30215 - 10/07/03 07:45 PM Would-be Copper Thief Gets Burnt...
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I was going to post this in the Safety News area, but there doesn't seem to be anything very safe about what this fellow did:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=st...dd_canada_shock

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#30216 - 10/07/03 08:58 PM Re: Would-be Copper Thief Gets Burnt...
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(See a vaguely related story linked at http://electrical-contractor.net/ubb/Forum16/HTML/000071.html )




[This message has been edited by Bjarney (edited 10-08-2003).]

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#30217 - 10/07/03 09:49 PM Re: Would-be Copper Thief Gets Burnt...
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Bjarney,

That is not about copper theifs!!!!

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#30218 - 10/07/03 10:53 PM Re: Would-be Copper Thief Gets Burnt...
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Yea, but it sure is about someone receiving a severe electrical shock. Hence -somewhat related-

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#30219 - 10/11/03 03:02 AM Re: Would-be Copper Thief Gets Burnt...
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Big Jim,
I agree with ya mate!.
straightedge, I think what Bjarney was trying to illustrate, was the fact of the similarity in the arc-fault explosions.
Over here we have had several idiots trying to remove our over-head wires, for the Cu content, someone wants to tell these Egg-heads that HV lines are copper-coated Steel or Steel cored Aluminium!.
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#30220 - 10/11/03 11:50 AM Re: Would-be Copper Thief Gets Burnt...
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My point was that both were medium-voltage incidents that can be very unforgiving…

In many places, scrap-metals yards and coils of wire are sort of like pawn shops and jewelry—either will alert officials if someone comes in off the street with goods of suspicious origin.

I don’t know if it happens very often, but I have heard of electric utilities keeping remote sections of line energized to discourage interest in ‘span harvesting.’

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