Just google search " how often are lineman killed by backfeed" . Apparently it is often enough for me to get a weekly fatality story in a brochure attached to my weekly paycheck at one company I worked for. There are still fatalities weekly. Several weeks back two journeymen I know where sent to a job at a sewerage treatment plant in the high voltage yard. The "out of towner" foreman said " since you guys don't know what you are doing ,I will split you up to work with the two guys that have been here . The one guy gets in the lift basket with "experienced guy". They point : this side of the yard Hot --this side dead. Goes up in basket with hot stick and 2 foot pole . Nobody that knows what they are doing has a 2 foot extension on a hot stick. Hits " dead " bus with lift bursts into flames [ him --his body] as bus is hot and all four tires blow out large flash blinds guy on ground. Pavement catches on fire . Truck is locked .Window gets smashed to get extinguisher, 911 tells guy to spray some water on him. Fire dept comes [20 minutes later] .They say we are not electricians and you go up and get the guy out of the lift. Now other lift has to take two more perfectly yet uninjured guys up next to lift and hot bus to pull [still burning] guy from one lift to the next. Without shaking lift into hot bus. A few days later guy [who was concious the whole time ] dies from burns. To me the mistake is the guy assumed the bus was shut off for work as indicated by his intention to do a half -assed hot stick test. He had no idea that bus was hot. Only one man should have been in lift for test ,another mistake.
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