The Case of the Energized Cable Cutting Incident

The Case of the Energized Cable Cutting Incident

How miscommunication leads to an electrical helper slicing through live 13.8kV cable — and miraculously walking away to tell about it

One of the most common reasons for marriage failure today is the breakdown of basic communications. The same holds true for construction and maintenance workers. Words spoken on the job with a specific intent can often be misconstrued to mean something entirely different — a situation that can ultimately be a recipe for disaster. That was definitely the case at a major chemical manufacturing facility when an unqualified electrical helper working for an outside electrical contracting fir

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