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Shock Therapy

Electrocutions and serious burn incidents persist in workplaces. Although awareness and control measures have helped, sustained progress in reduction may demand new thinking.

On assignment at a South Carolina plastic bottle plant, an outside contractor’s electrical supervisor with 27 years of experience troubleshoots a control panel for a just-installed compressor motor; the starter indicator light comes on, but the motor isn’t engaging. As an assistant retrieves a multimeter so he can check the continuity of the wiring, the supervisor opens the starter control panel door, reaches in, and begins tracing the wiring to check the integrity of the leads.

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