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Running Contact Voltage to Ground

Tragic encounters are rare, but persistent risk keeps the circuit-grounding-practices pot stirred.

Shocks and electrocutions linked to exposed and publicly accessible energized electrical infrastructure are rare events, but this hidden danger that can lurk undetected for long periods is keeping municipalities, utilities, and other jurisdictions focused on minimizing risk. Efforts are taking the form of stepped-up maintenance and repair, contact voltage testing programs, more routine inspections, and ensuring that new and rebuilt elements are designed and installed to applicable codes.

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