From: Winfield Hill
Subject: Re: OT (sort of) help for a total newbie
Date: 19 Oct 2002 13:22:40 -0700
Organization: Rowland Institute
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> Sadly Win, I have had the experience. And from a "trivial" electrocution,
> with several of us present, and all the right actions taken, a life was
> lost. It provided us with a lot of unneeded experience, and the funeral,
> with wife and children, was not fun. Many of us have to work in the
> safest possible way on live equipment from time to time, but the hazard,
> no matter what the training and care, never goes away. Unfortunatly such
> experiences live with you forever.
I bet it does. I've received too many serious shocks, sometimes through
the chest, leaving me wonder why I got off uninjured. Working with kV
power supplies, charged capacitors, etc., it's entirely too easy to make
small mistakes. For example a circuit board on an extender, accidentally
touching the extender traces. That one left severe burns and prompted me
to rework the extender with a tape covering. With this stuff one sternly
intones, "DANGER, HIGH VOLTAGE, AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY," but oops, we
are the authorized personnel.
Justin, is there any lesson you can tell us from your sad experience to
help our lives at the bench become safer? Perhaps we need defibrillators
at hand and better emergency training?