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Posted by Tony Wesley on August 20, 2005, 5:10 am

Jim Baber wrote:

I found the following posted elsewhere.  The link no longer returns the
story but it does show the headline.


Worker Electrocuted In Flomaton By Live Power Line

POSTED: 1:30 pm CDT July 13, 2005

FLOMATON, Ala. -- An electric lineman was killed just before 5 p.m.
Tuesday when he came into contact with a live power line. It was
energized by a generator that was hooked up improperly.

The man -- whose name has not been released -- was transported by
LifeFlight to Jay hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The man worked for Pike Electric, Inc. in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

Alabama Power spokesman Bernie Fogarty says the company is "Deeply
saddened and distressed by this tragic event."

Alabama authorities say they're looking for the person responsible for
hooking up the generator.

The story can also be found at
http://uaelp.pennnet.com/News/Display_News_Story.cfm?Section=WireNews&SubSection=HOME&NewsID 2265

Posted by Tony Wesley on August 20, 2005, 5:36 am


Lineman Dies When He Contacts Energized Power Line in Puerto Rico


A construction crew consisting of a supervisor, three class A linemen
(including the victim), a first class lineman, a groundman, and two
truck drivers were assigned the task of correcting a malfunction in a
de-energized three-phase powerline. When the crew arrived at the
worksite, they found that one of the three phases had broken and fallen
to the ground. The supervisor instructed the victim to relocate the
damaged phase on the crossarm of the pole to better balance the load on
the crossarm. As the victim began to climb the pole he was assured by
the supervisor that the powerlines had been de-energized. When he
attempted to relocate the damaged line he contacted another phase, was
shocked, and slumped backwards, prevented from falling by his safety
belt. The powerlines at the worksite had been energized by backfeed
electrical energy from a portable gas generator being used on the

Posted by Solar Flare on August 20, 2005, 4:02 pm


In our world, in N. America, the guy was challenging death throughj
ignorance and would be expected sometime in his career to die on the job,
with that attitude.

Linemen would never work on an isolated line without treating it as alive.
This would not be performed. Period!

"Deenergized" or "dead" means "grounded" or at the same potential as his
feet, hands, and the rest of his body. Portable / hand grounds would have
been applied on each side of his work zone, on the conductor where they are
visible at all times. If he was caught doing otherwise he could be charged
with violating safe working practices and this may result in his having a
criminal record for the rest of his life. The foreman, supervisor and
manager would all be charged as well and somebody would likely spend time in
prison for it as well as 100,000s dollars in personal and company fines.

The point is completely moot (if there was one) You may as well tell us
about the children playing on the edge of the cliff and one falling off.

Posted by Tony Wesley on August 20, 2005, 5:11 pm

Solar Flare wrote:

Here's the point:

And I show that it's not just an urban legend.

Posted by Me on August 20, 2005, 9:54 pm

No....the point is... that First, The genset shouldn't have been there
running, in the first place.....Second, the Supervisor should have
insisted that Safety Shorting Straps be placed at both ends of the  
system, before any Relocation take place....and Third, the Lineman
should have refused to mess with the wires untill the Safety shorting
Straps were in place.  

Had the Lineman istalled the Safety Shorting Straps as he was supposed
to, he would have seen the sparks fly and the whole crew would have gone
looking for the IDIOT, running the genset, and punched his lights

Me       been there, done that. been zapped, and lived
            to tell the story...

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