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Darwin Award Nomination #113188 03/23/02 10:36 AM
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I nominate this guy for a DARWIN award !

This Excavator operator had more than engine troubles, I saw this while doing a temp service Insp, you see the dark area on the track's? well that's fuel , it was running out of the eng compartment , while the guy was working on it , he said , he had put something there to catch it ! I said what? The battery charger???? The wind was blowing the fuel on the charger . And YES it is plugged in ! and NO it's NOT on a GFCI , and if you can see where the plug from the charger IS plugged in , the cord cap cover (el-cheapo) has slide off and the terminals ARE exposed .


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Re: Darwin Award Nomination #113189 03/23/02 07:53 PM
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sparky Offline
a contestant for sure.... [Linked Image]

Re: Darwin Award Nomination #113190 03/23/02 09:36 PM
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POOF! No eyebrows...

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Re: Darwin Award Nomination #113191 03/23/02 11:58 PM
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how you say out with a bang, but more like a KABOOOOM!!! [Linked Image]

Re: Darwin Award Nomination #113192 03/26/02 08:04 PM
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sparky Offline
A serv call I did to a Putney Vt. gas station revealed 38v from pump to ground ( I mean THE ground..), self servers were dropping the gas nozzel due to being bit.

The pump jockeys ( from the oil co) had changed out the pump, never made up the 3/4" GRC, and had left out the grounding conductor.

Although I have written this into the forum(s) a few times, similar scenario's are daily for me here......

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Re: Darwin Award Nomination #113193 03/26/02 10:02 PM
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here's a lil side note for ya,,,, you see that stake in the background?
well,,,,, it marks a 800 amp UG to the building,,,I keep my radio on scanner mode I'm just waiting to hear the call, they wanted to string a temp over this , I told them NO WAY dig the new service first,
They are putting in a new 800 and an additional 600 for the new building which will go around this.
after I saw this , I'm putting it in writing and sending it to all concerned to CMA

Re: Darwin Award Nomination #113194 03/27/02 08:19 PM
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electure Offline
Fortunately, it's diesel, not gasoline.
An owner-operator-contractor I knew used to clean up his backhoe with gasoline...while whisky-drunk...while smoking a cigar.

Re: Darwin Award Nomination #113195 04/15/02 11:25 PM
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Hey High Voltage you sure have yuor hands full up there. I can remember doing work in Mass. And if memory serves me right Air Recievers are supposed to be 12 inches off the ground and they ( inspectors ) check them by rapping the tanks with a hammer looking for weak spots.
Hmmm..maybe it just Mass...LOL

Re: Darwin Award Nomination #113196 04/17/02 09:26 PM
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here's a lil update , remember I said there was an 800 amp ug here,,,
well folks , today i was there and he hit it,
lucky for him he just broke the pipes and didn't dammage the wires

Re: Darwin Award Nomination #113197 04/18/02 01:42 PM
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mamills Offline
Was the 800a. energized yet? Hope not...

Mike (mamills)

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