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    TV Station Truck Hits Live Powerline

    Atlanta-area TV station WSB had an unexpected emergency Wednesday as one of their live broadcast vehicles struck a powerline. Operators of the truck forgot to lower the large telescopic antenna on the roof and the object became entangled in the active wires above. Two employees of the station, both inside the truck at the time, were hospitalized after an explosion and fire ripped through the vehicle. In the video below, you'll see the aftermath of this shocking incident.




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    They're lucky to be alive.

    Wonder where they will get a new job at.
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    i think something like this i quite common with those...i have herd several other stories similar to this but it was wile raising the mast that they get the big shock.

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    The voltage must have been high enough to jump over, and flatten, the tires [which should have insulated the truck].

    If the tires held, and the people got out while they were still touching the truck, the current would have gone through them.

    You'd think the truck would have an ignition interlock or dashboard warning indicator to prevent this sort of thing. It's a few dollars, to prevent property damage and personal injury.

    I think the concrete shattered because the lighting vaporized moisture within the pavement; same reason trees can explode when hit - the sap turns to steam instantly.

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    They might have had static chains on that trunk.

    An interlock should be required on them.
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    Does Workman's Comp cover Operator Error?

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    Probably not in all states.
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    As for the driving interlocks that beenthere suggested a ENG safety site I found after reading this posting was saying that while they are installed upon delivery when the trucks come back for warrenty work the supplers find them bypassed or gone all together.

    Even the prox sensors to keep the masts from going up near HV lines have been bypassed so the crews would not have to walk from a safe area to the news scene.

    Something to do with the pressure on the field crews to get the story uplinked back to the station even if the truck is not in the safest place so the anchor can say "breaking news just in live local and first" before the next station does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    They're lucky to be alive.

    Wonder where they will get a new job at.
    BEHIND THE AT!


    When I was a kid 16 or 17 I spent a lot of time at an auto parts store. One day I walked outside right behind the guy that emptied the trash container. Apparently he had hooked one of the three phase lines on the transformer with the hydraulic arms. He must have jumped out of the truck when he got out because when he grabbed the door handle to get back in he got fried, man what a nasty smelly mess.

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    And here I thought only managers bypass safety stuff, since they are not the ones whose safety will be compromised.

    Economists have curves for 'the cost of safety' in dollars or productivity hours, vs accident rate, so you can knowledgeably trade off safety for productivity.
    I don't think anyone reads them. It would take away their 'plausible deniability."


    BTW, did the "smelly mess" die? Did he wish he was dead, later?

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    Quote Originally Posted by classical View Post
    BEHIND THE AT!


    When I was a kid 16 or 17 I spent a lot of time at an auto parts store. One day I walked outside right behind the guy that emptied the trash container. Apparently he had hooked one of the three phase lines on the transformer with the hydraulic arms. He must have jumped out of the truck when he got out because when he grabbed the door handle to get back in he got fried, man what a nasty smelly mess.
    once in a while i run crane for my friend. a couple years ago i was leaving a job site and the boom caught the power lines. down they go along with two poles. i did not get out of the truck until after the third time they sparked. luckely just a few weeks prior i learned they try to reset three times before a breaker blows. the power co. wanted to sue me but it turnes out the lines were too low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoIsThat? View Post


    BTW, did the "smelly mess" die? Did he wish he was dead, later?
    Yes he died, his hands were blown off his feet were blown off and the soles of his boots were left laying on the ground. I was the first person to see him, in fact I was less than twenty feet behind him when it happened. It was a very ugly sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classical View Post
    Yes he died, his hands were blown off his feet were blown off
    Electrical amputation. The current must have been enormous.
    The elec. chair supplies 4A to 8A and it doesn't dismember people.

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