Over the last 20 years I have been very fortunate and have had a few close calls, not only while working as an electrician but in my cinema service trade and doing work on my own property as well. I have taken some risks that I now look back on and realize how stupid (and lucky) I was.
Not everyone (including me at times) realizes just how dangerous electricity can be. So I hope that we all take a moment to think before we act, and to enforce shutdown, lockout and tagout no matter how inconvenient it may be.
Sorry to hear of your incident as well. Would you mind sharing how it happened?
Tony, we were adding hardware to a 1600 amp Federal Pacific switchboard for a hospital renovation, I had just finished installing a 400 amp breaker and removed my gloves to take a break before tackling the next 250 amp breaker.
I was going to remove the hardware for (2) one-hundred amp breaker spaces to make room for the 250 amp hardware, so with out my gloves on I stuck a screw driver in the A phase 100 amp buss to see how I might have to guard the surrounding metal before I gloved back up. (extremely stupid move on my part)
Well, I found out that this buss was about to fall anyways and all it needed was my screw driver barely touching it. It fell into the B phase. I was lucky that the blast went at 90 degrees to my right instead of directly back at me. I ended up with mostly second (and some small third degree) burns and couldn't see anything but blurs for three days.
The next morning I was back at the hospital (not the same one) having the skin trimmed from my hands by a doctor with a pair of scissors.
I was lucky in that I did heal and have no permanent injuries.
Roger: Thank you for sharing the details, and I am glad to hear things turned out o.k. But why wasn't I surprised that it was Federal Pacific switchgear? Some of their commercial stuff seems almost as bad as the FPE resi stuff.
John: Thanks for your comments as well. I agree, I posted this to show everyone what could happen. Sadly, it doesn't take a lot of effort to find a lot of other examples of close calls (or worse.)
Never stopped by here before in 5 years!
That is something that concerns me. I am as guilty as anyone else, but if you look at the number of views on pretty much any of the safety threads, and compare that with any of the other topical threads, there is a big disparity. Guess safety discussions aren't as "popular" as some of our other topics.
I'm not intending that comment to act as if I'm any better than anyone else, but I do call 'em as I see 'em. And plead guilty of that same offense.
MX: In addition to this forum section, I'm not a frequent visitor to a few others. As to having concerns for the safety of those in or thinking about entering our trade.
That said, in both of my 12 week courses at Vo-Tech, I show videos regarding how accidents happen, and the results of same. Some of the video content, as the link you posted is graphic, but...it gets the point accross.
My reason for not visiting each section on this forum is probably like a lot of other guys here, lack of time, not lack of interest.
Harried lives, lack of time....welcome to America.