Utility lineman dies after shock

Utility lineman dies after shock

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safety first

Kansas City, MO

#1 Feb 26, 2008
My condolences go out to his family...

there really needs to be some type of safety suit and equipment that these guys should wear when out working near electrical equipment - insulated body suits, gloves, hats, etc. I know they wear safety equipment as it is...but something that will shield them from shock should they inadvertently come in contact with a live wire.
Amy

Woodburn, IN

#2 Feb 26, 2008
How sad. My prayers go out to all his family and friends.

Since: Mar 07

Indianapolis

#3 Feb 26, 2008
RIP Jeff, you will be missed. Prayers for your family and friends are being sent.
Reader

Noblesville, IN

#4 Feb 26, 2008
safety first wrote:
My condolences go out to his family...
there really needs to be some type of safety suit and equipment that these guys should wear when out working near electrical equipment - insulated body suits, gloves, hats, etc. I know they wear safety equipment as it is...but something that will shield them from shock should they inadvertently come in contact with a live wire.
You can't get the dexterity you need and protect yourself from 7,000 volts. That powerful of a current will jump for a pretty good distance, so you need a thick layer of insulation to protect against it. Having that much insulation will make it so you can't move very well, if at all.

Generally (and this is somewhat freaky) you are protected by simply not being grounded. You can touch a live circuit as long as the current can't use you as a conductor to the ground/another line (think a bird on a wire). In this case, it sounds like he was working on something and then came into contact accidentally with another piece of equipment and closed the circuit.

For super high voltages they use a Faraday cage suit, check out this amazing video:
http://www.videosift.com/tag/faraday+cage

Again, the only reason it works is because he isn't grounded and both of the lines in this case have the same potential.
Bryan

Panama City, FL

#5 Feb 26, 2008
safety first wrote:
My condolences go out to his family...
there really needs to be some type of safety suit and equipment that these guys should wear when out working near electrical equipment - insulated body suits, gloves, hats, etc. I know they wear safety equipment as it is...but something that will shield them from shock should they inadvertently come in contact with a live wire.
They do have special gloves and boots but a suit probably wouldn't do them any good. They only ones that wear a suit is the guys who work on the 72,000 volt lines.

It sounds to me like somebody didn't check to make sure that the line was dead.
Women Fly

United States

#6 Feb 26, 2008
Was Jeff originally from Indianapolis?
adrenaline

Kokomo, IN

#7 Feb 26, 2008
is a saftey error at fault here?:(
dat is him

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Feb 26, 2008
So he was electrocuted?
finally

Louisville, KY

#9 Feb 26, 2008
union yes!
Tough Job

Brownsburg, IN

#10 Feb 26, 2008
Keeping the lights on and people warm.

So sorry to read this story today.

Peace be with his family and co-workers.
safety first

Kansas City, MO

#11 Feb 26, 2008
Reader wrote:
<quoted text>
You can't get the dexterity you need and protect yourself from 7,000 volts. That powerful of a current will jump for a pretty good distance, so you need a thick layer of insulation to protect against it. Having that much insulation will make it so you can't move very well, if at all.
Generally (and this is somewhat freaky) you are protected by simply not being grounded. You can touch a live circuit as long as the current can't use you as a conductor to the ground/another line (think a bird on a wire). In this case, it sounds like he was working on something and then came into contact accidentally with another piece of equipment and closed the circuit.
For super high voltages they use a Faraday cage suit, check out this amazing video:
http://www.videosift.com/tag/faraday+cage
Again, the only reason it works is because he isn't grounded and both of the lines in this case have the same potential.
Wow...that's interesting - kinda wondered why those birds never get roasted when they sit on the wires - figured the wires were just insulated.
Capt Crunch

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Feb 26, 2008
This story is shocking. Was the power still on? I will keep his family in my prayers
I am Murloc

Carmel, IN

#13 Feb 26, 2008
Electricity is one of the most dangerous things to work around. It doesn't announce it's presence through smell, sight or sound. It's just there and will kill you before you can even react.

Since: Dec 07

Indy

#14 Feb 26, 2008
safety first wrote:
My condolences go out to his family...
there really needs to be some type of safety suit and equipment that these guys should wear when out working near electrical equipment - insulated body suits, gloves, hats, etc. I know they wear safety equipment as it is...but something that will shield them from shock should they inadvertently come in contact with a live wire.
They have all sorts of safety equipment. Unfortunately, when you're working with that kind of voltage, a little bit of damage to your equipment or a little inattention could be fatal. Kudos to all the linemen who keep our power flowing. They are not paid enough for the work they do. I myself would not want the job no matter how much it paid.
mij

Corning, NY

#15 Feb 26, 2008
safety first wrote:
My condolences go out to his family...
there really needs to be some type of safety suit and equipment that these guys should wear when out working near electrical equipment - insulated body suits, gloves, hats, etc. I know they wear safety equipment as it is...but something that will shield them from shock should they inadvertently come in contact with a live wire.
they have em. they are called " blast suits"
mij

Corning, NY

#16 Feb 26, 2008
Bryan wrote:
<quoted text>
They do have special gloves and boots but a suit probably wouldn't do them any good. They only ones that wear a suit is the guys who work on the 72,000 volt lines.
It sounds to me like somebody didn't check to make sure that the line was dead.
shows yo8u dont know what you are talking about
check out nfpa 70
mij

Corning, NY

#17 Feb 26, 2008
dat is him wrote:
So he was electrocuted?
bingo, I hate when the media uses this word an the person only got shocked

Since: Mar 07

Indianapolis

#18 Feb 26, 2008
Women Fly wrote:
Was Jeff originally from Indianapolis?
not to my knowledge, but I was originally from Plymouth.
Sad

Plainfield, IN

#19 Feb 26, 2008
These workers have more guts than most, and are a vital part of keeping us all safe and warm.

Condolences and respect.
JustMe

United States

#20 Feb 26, 2008
+ Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.

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