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#63781 - 03/25/06 06:04 AM why do electricians get shocked ?
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when everyone knows the rules ,were are the most mistakes being made ?
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#63782 - 03/25/06 06:29 AM Re: why do electricians get shocked ?
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Registered: 10/02/05
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laziness, complacency and in commercial/industrial, not wanting to hear the customer complain about shutting everything down.
#63783 - 03/25/06 07:04 AM Re: why do electricians get shocked ?
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Registered: 05/18/02
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Throw in familiarity, getting to comfortable with certain tasks, not paying attention, being Macho, and being pre-occupied for a few more reasons.

In otherwords, what LoneGunman said.

#63784 - 03/25/06 07:46 AM Re: why do electricians get shocked ?
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Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2876
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
I can think of a few situations where a lack of communication and procedures fitting the task have been at play too.
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#63785 - 03/25/06 10:03 AM Re: why do electricians get shocked ?
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Registered: 07/05/04
Posts: 625
Loc: Palo Alto, CA, USA
Although I haven't gotten shocked in a long while, I've observed that the occasions where I slash a finger with a kitchen knife are all due to being distracted by something.
#63786 - 03/25/06 11:57 AM Re: why do electricians get shocked ?
harold endean Offline
Registered: 02/16/02
Posts: 2233
Loc: Boonton, NJ
Most times whenever my guys or myself really screwed up was when we were rushing and or we were over tired. Every now and then we would get it when there was a miscommunication. You thought a circuit was turned off but it really wasn't, or someone turned off the wrong circuit. We really tried hard to keep injures to a minimum and in 15 years, we had nothing real severe.
#63787 - 03/26/06 12:04 AM Re: why do electricians get shocked ?
Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 854
Loc: Titirangi, Akld, New Zealand
Cellphones are a hazard too.

If I work on live equipment I leave the d@#n thing in my ute or turn it off.

These things are a major distraction if they ring at the wrong time

Ans of course also all of the above as already mentioned.
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#63788 - 03/26/06 06:38 AM Re: why do electricians get shocked ?
iwire Offline
Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4391
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
Why do electricians get shocked?


The tradition of working hot and passing on that tradition to those we teach the trade to.

There are rules in place that tell us not to work hot.

Common sense tells us not to work hot.

Still we do becuse...

We where taught that way.

We are lazy.

We do not want to inconvenience others with power outages.

We do not want to lose a customer.

We do not want to lose our job.

We do not want to be labeled a 'coward'

We do not think it will happen to us.

We just do not think...

Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician
#63789 - 03/26/06 06:47 AM Re: why do electricians get shocked ?
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Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1064
Loc: nowhere usa
I'll add an unlikely candidate here:


To some time is money, time spent looking for a way to shut things off may take too long as compared with just making it up hot and getting the job done sooner...Bad idea......

#63790 - 03/26/06 08:09 AM Re: why do electricians get shocked ?
n1ist Offline
Registered: 02/13/02
Posts: 183
Loc: Malden MA
Assuming the previous people wired things correctly.

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