From: "Justin Farrelly"
Subject: Re: OT (sort of) help for a total newbie
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 00:20:56 +0000 (UTC)
Organization: BT Openworld
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I don't think one can be prescriptive. We had all the right safety, all the
and albeit unexpected when it happened, we were pretty organized, and knew
strait away what had happened, and there were no delays in sorting the
out, which in retrospect surprised us all. Afterwards we put it down to the
of the training we had had albeit very repetitive and boring at the time. It
worked, but sadly
this chap's number was up. A lot of soul searching afterwards did not really
flaws in process, procedure equipment safety or training, and the accident
did not target any of us for lack of effort or lax safety. We just all
looked at each other
and thought that it could have easily been us. And it could.
And there ends the tale. I've been zapped, you've been zapped, may of the
readers of this
text will have been zapped, some worse than others, but so far we have all
been lucky enough
to get away with it. Some of us shake it off, and keep going, for some it is
but we all carry that experience around with us, and use it, both verbally
and in practice to
try and raise the awareness and reduce the risk to both ourselves in future
bitten twice shy??) and for others, both those in our presence, and those
over the internet airwaves.
Having said that, like everything else in life, we all do take risks, and
the most important thing
is to understand the magnitude and consequence of those risks we are
Knowing that, we can, fully informed, choose what we wish to accept. It is
exposure to risk that one does not appreciate that calls for education, not
I am sure we can all look back at a vast array of peril we have happily
stepped into survived, and
consequently come to learn about to our horror! hahaha. Such is the tapestry
"Winfield Hill" wrote in message
> "Justin wrote...
> > Sadly Win, I have had the experience. And from a "trivial"
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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?
> - Win