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  •  Almost every one of OSHA's regulations (12+ / 0-)

    came as the result of someone, or many someones, dying.
    It may seem like a PITA to comply, but keep in mind why that rule was written.
    I worked for a neon company that did event decorating. We installed thousands of feet of tube and hundreds of transformers in the course of 20 hours of high speed, high pressure work for one of the MTv Music Award afterparties.
    I was up forty feet in a truss hanging and wiring glass when a co-worker energized the circuit I was holding. I conducted 15KV through my body to the steel truss for almost a full second (subjective time:eternity). I'm told that the scream that I let out was the eeriest sound anyone had ever heard, that everyone within a hundred yards heard it and dropped what they were doing. By rights, I shouldn't have survived it.
    Now, whenever I work on any circuit of more than 12 volts, I jumper the hot to ground, regardless of whether there's a lockout in place or not.
    Nothing is foolproof and the fools keep getting cleverer.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 07:20:13 PM PST

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