Man Survives Being Shocked By 2,000 Volts
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    Man Survives Being Shocked By 2,000 Volts

    POSTED: 6:22 pm EDT September 6, 2005

    MOORCROFT, Wyo. -- A worker survived being shocked by 2,000 volts of electricity for about 30 seconds. John Zimmerschied, 35, of Moorcroft, was working inside an electrical box when the accident happened about 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sheriff's Cpl. Eric Hyland said.

    A colleague working nearby heard Zimmerschied grunt and pulled him from the box using a pair of electrician's gloves, Hyland said.

    Zimmerschied was still attached to the current, so the other worker used a fiberglass pole to disconnect fuses in the box, Hyland said.

    Emergency workers flew Zimmerschied to Casper for treatment. He had a 3-inch cut on the left side of his head and a 1 1/2-inch burn on the right, Hyland said.

    Zimmerschied was back home Saturday and, aside from some sore muscles, he was pretty much back to normal.

    Zimmerschied said he can't remember what led to his near electrocution, although he's been told that he stubbed his toe and fell on a wire. He said he doesn't even remember leaving the office that morning.

    But he's already planning on returning to his job.

    "It's just one of them things," Zimmerschied said. "I'm just lucky to be alive, I guess."

    Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.
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    Speaking from experiance...

    Being locked onto an electrical source, is no fun!

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    Oh, don't be such a pansy.

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    I know why I'm up at 1am (just got off work) but don't you two have to go to work in the morning

    This guy got really lucky. story don't mention amps but 2000 volt line has got to pack some serious amps....dude will make light bulbs glow when he walks into a room.
    73% of Americans say that illegal immigration is a problem. The other 27% say, "No habla inglis!"

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    Well, mine landed me in the hospital too...

    I was one lucky guy (and blessed) that day for sure!

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    doglips, we're just waiting for jism to show up!

    I can't believe dave missed jism's comments in the pro's section!

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    more often than not when its over 1,000 volts you may survive with mostly burns or blown off legs and arms. The higher voltages tend to boil the water in you and create explosion. I know of at least 4 limbless persons around here. Mostly in the 9.6k and above incidents.
    there but for the grace of god, go all of us

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    Moorcroft Wyoming is very near Devil's Tower. He probably survived because he's an alien and had a close encounter of the 4th kind.

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    Originally posted by caosesvida
    more often than not when its over 1,000 volts you may survive with mostly burns or blown off legs and arms. The higher voltages tend to boil the water in you and create explosion. I know of at least 4 limbless persons around here. Mostly in the 9.6k and above incidents.
    We had a tool box safty meeting one day after lunch. The boss had a vedio training tape on electrical shocks. I think it was more aimed at line men than people using low voltage (480 and below). What it showed was how high electricty will flow through your body using the blood as a path bedcause of the water content. almost lost my lunch and we never had another meeting right after lunch again.

    If that guy was locked onto 6000 volts and kept all his limbs God was with him that day.
    Old snipes don't die they just loose their steam

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    It's not the volts that gets ya.

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    Originally posted by James 3528
    It's not the volts that gets ya.
    its the wife spotting your car at a hotel when you said you were at work that kills you
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    It's not the volts that gets ya.
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    its the wife spotting your car at a hotel when you said you were at work that kills you


    Oh thats a shock alright----it's the A$$ that'LL kill ya

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    Definatly a SHOCKING occurance!

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