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Postby deebee » Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:07 pm

Just learned about the fatality to a lineman yesterday in Rotorua. Not sure of the details yet apart from it was contact with 400v.
All of our thoughts must go to his family at this awful time.
Everyone be safe out there.
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Postby Rad_Man » Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:16 pm

yeah heard about that as well, senior lineman. No need for it to happen.
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Postby bigclive » Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:39 am

Sounds like one of these unfortunate instances where the lower voltage is more dangerous than HT because you let your guard down a bit.

Not nice at all.
From zero volts to lightning bolts.
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Postby Rad_Man » Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:08 am

Just heard that there was no electrical incident at all , guy use to work with the fella's mate and apparently he had a heart attack - whilst descending in the bucket.
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Postby ray » Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:15 pm

Rad man got it right , no Electrical accident unfortunate heart attack
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Postby bigclive » Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:20 pm

On the American linemans list I was rasing the point that compact defibrillators are so cheap and easy to use these days that there's absolutely no excuse for a company who's work involves live working not to issue them in vehicles.

Even though this wasn't an electrically induced heart issue, a defibrillator might have been able to buy him time.

For reference check out Philips Heartstart as just one example of a straightforward defib unit. As soon as you open the small box it starts talking you through the procedure. A child can quite literally use it.
From zero volts to lightning bolts.
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Postby Rad_Man » Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:44 pm

They are on about introducing them for Electrical industry. I know Huntly power station has them at convenient points aroung the generation plant.
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Postby Guest » Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:03 pm

Most of our main vehicles carry Defibs, and we are getting more. Have around a dozen so far, but luckily have never needed to use them, and hopefully never will.
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Postby otdrmn » Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:19 pm

BigClive is right the defib units these days are childs play, you cannot shock someone that doesnt need it.
I have used one previously as part of the volunteer fire service.
Good idea to carry one..

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Postby Barker1 » Fri Oct 06, 2006 2:20 pm

A lineman died of a heart attack in Auckland while driving to a job He was alone at the time
The lineman who died in rotorua was in the back of the bucket and pushed two phases out on one side to get the bucket thru
note .Iwasnt there but i have it on good authority thats what happened
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Postby fatty » Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:49 pm

Yes Barker, that is right, I heard the same.

I have not been in the game for long, but have heard about several incidents now, and sadly the common theme is weeks, or even months later the full story does not get reported to the guys who need to know ( Us )
Whilst these incidents fatal or not, can be have disastrous consequences, it is the ultimate learning material, so it may prevent it happening again.

Condolences to his family and friends.
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Defibs

Postby willlass » Fri Dec 15, 2006 9:56 am

There is no question what so ever about the value of a defib. But keep in mind that CPR may still be reuired. After you have done your Primary care (ABC's) get those compressions going while someone sets up the defib. Most of all, be safe.
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