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Old 02-22-2008, 10:18 PM   #1
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Anybody know what the story is behind this guy... errrr ....should I say body.


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Old 02-22-2008, 10:34 PM   #2
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Anybody know what the story is behind this guy... errrr ....should I say body.

I'm going to guess he's dead. Does that help?

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Old 02-22-2008, 10:40 PM   #3
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I have seen the pic before, and I think he was stealing wire.
I will look around for the info later.
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:54 PM   #4
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Yep he is a goner. This guy tried his hand at stealing copper at a utility sub-station in Lakeland Florida if I remember correctly. The newspaper article I'll try and post if I can dig it up. I believe this guys buddy was qouted as saying an electrician working at a nearby jobsite told them they could cut an electric wire with cutters and it wouldn't hurt them as long as they were not grounded. After cutting thru the fence this guy chose one that was 43,000 volts while standing on a utility grounding conductor strung from a pylon. This is another case of getting confused about grounding, grounded and ground....

I wonder if the cutters were salvageable?

JBfan...yeah they were talking about it a while back on our sister site.

Normally I wouldn't trust anything on the internet but there was a newspaper piece about this guy. Only thing that worries me is utility doesn't use that much copper but it appears this story was accurate. I wouldn't be surprised if the truth were known he didn't realize he was really trying to steal aluminum wire....

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Old 02-23-2008, 06:25 AM   #5
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I'm guessing he was left-handed.
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Old 02-23-2008, 07:26 AM   #6
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Worst part is that his family will probably sue the POCO and win.
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Old 02-23-2008, 07:31 AM   #7
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Worst part is that his family will probably sue the POCO and win.
Yeah, no kidding.

It's a shame that were are SO repressed in this country that you will never see that pic on the evening news. I think it sends just the right message.
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The message needs to get to the people who generally aren't watching the evening news, or a newspaper. Most likely they're tuned to Jerry Springer.
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Old 02-23-2008, 08:28 PM   #9
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I was just at an arc flash class and this picture came up ( with others from the scene). He was using a set of lineman's pliers to cut through high voltage cable. The arm was vaporized at the elbow, but the lower forearm is nearby. They did find the kliens nearby and his left hand has a wicked burn.

The class was actually pretty interesting. Our company is really nice in the safety dept. We have calorie suits, flash shields, blankets, insulated tool sets, the works. But the number one rule: turn it off. We make all owners sign a hot work permit before we'll do anything hot. Makes them spell out exactly why they NEED it done without shutting it down. It really slows them down a bit. Their two bit reason doesn't sound all that compelling when you have to write: "Afraid of the dark"
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Old 02-23-2008, 10:05 PM   #10
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I know im way late in seeing this pic, but still-DAMN!
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I know im way late in seeing this pic, but still-DAMN!
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Old 02-23-2008, 10:11 PM   #12
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I have the powerpoint file of this guy if anyone wants it... found a live link... http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com...ltageShock.pps

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Old 02-24-2008, 01:37 AM   #13
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I have the powerpoint file of this guy if anyone wants it... found a live link... http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com...ltageShock.pps

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Thanks Chris, now I will ONLY tackle plumbing projects myself
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:08 AM   #14
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Too bad they don't have this hanging up at Home Improvement stores...

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