Nice to see that you posted!.
But I must say I agree with your tips for survival.
In my years as a Line Mechanic and an Electrician, I've only ever had a real suprise as an Electrician.
Most of the stuff that I do as a Line Mechanic, is all Hot-Stick work or Live Glove And Barrier Work, at voltages larger than 11kV and 22, 33,66kV.
I've handled 2 different phases of an 11kV circuit, when a Hot-stick failed, but w/out PPE, I would have been cooked!.
As far as us Liney's are concerned, PPE is everything, just a shame that a few Electrician's don't think the same way!.