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4x4 mark

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we've all had them daft accidents,nowt serious, and near misses at work etc.
the other day i was stripping a crappy 6mmt&e with my side cutters when the earth core snapped and i smacked myself on the forehead leaving a small cut and a hugh lump.

i had an apprentice once who whilst trying to fit an earth bond under a sink managed to turn the valve for a washing machine on and almost drowned himself with a face full of water.

i saw a site agent walking across a site step on a temp. cover of a man hole which broke, his leg went down the hole ripping all the skin offov the front of his shin... nice

many moons ago when i was an apprentice i saw a guy break his thumb with a mash hammer whilst showing me how easy it was to chase a wall made of blue engineering bricks.. he didn't swear much:D
 
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I had just started work in a factory (literally days) and was still trying to impress and prove myself, I had been at work all day and I had been told by my other half that this particular day I had to be home on time (been racking up the hours to show flexibility.

Whilst I was getting ready to leave, my boss asked that before I went could I go to where a new compactor was being installed...ok I said (not wanting to say no!) so I wonder round with my tools and the engineer that had travelled 6 hrs to get there was waiting for me.

he had installed everything but needed power, the other electrician had put in a supply but the manufacturers spec was wrong and required a 32amp socket (machine had a fixed plug on side of panel) unfortuantely the guy had put in a 16amper instead :(

I said theres nothing I could do, but the boss of the factory had by this time come down and was pleading with me to sort something out (ie run a lead with a 16amp plug one end and 32 socket the other) the engineer was eager to get going but the site boss wouldnt let him go til he'd seen the machine running.

I explained i'd rather not and anyway the supply would'nt cope anyway so best option just temp was to run a long trailing lead from a nearby 32amp socket that I had found:) happy days!!

I had to make up the lead because it was about 30ft long:confused: I was already about an hour late and I already had missed calls on my phone!, I was running around like a tit trying to get it done and go and had the site boss and all his underlings standing around for the big unveiling lol.

I run back with the lead plug it all in and nothing!! tested socket and found it to be dead so spent twenty mins running around checking dis boards trying to find MCB, finally found it and dis-board was at the top of narrow starcase about 15ft in the air so I then try to squeeze huge triple extenders up the tightest staircase (two 90 degree turns) and reset MCB:)

By this time engineer is angry, boss is impatient I am soaked with sweat (25degreesc) and I try again.....hurray!!! power is on:D....only...(said the engineer) phase rotation is incorrect!....ok no prob i say packing up my tools almost ready to run off....... I rip the socket from the machine (and did'nt think cus 99 percent of the time when you disconnect a plug from a fixed point it is dead just stupidity!), I without thinking undo the socket top and undo two phases i then (with sweaty wet hands) grab hold of both phases instantaneously one with each hand to swap them over:eek:

:eek::eek: well you could hear my shout from miles away!! I drop the socket (when I finally managed to let go!!) to the floor and calmly walk to the isolator and turn off the supply and calmly walk back and carry on fit to machine (shaking like a ****tin dog), I turn on without saying a word and the machine is fine but everyone is just stood there staring at me with open mouths! blood is dripping through both hands where I now have deep holes and my heart is going about a thousand bpm!!!

The site boss walks over and says thankyou and I pack up and go I get in the car and I am gutted what a t**ser!!!

Next day I get called to big-wigs office and he sits me down and says that he does'nt want to have to phone my missus and tell her i'm dead, so be more carefull...I took it on the chin but took a while for them to have faith in me again.

Moral of this LONG story is take your time, dont rush and get in a state no matter what is at stake cus you could end up dead!!

I learnt a huge lesson that day and now I am OVER carefull! it was my own stupid fault and I accept that, it may not have been the worst shock in the world but it hurt enough for me!!! and my heart felt like it was coming out of my chest for several hours after.

Thats my stupid accident anyway:)
 
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Bane

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Yeah that was crap Monty. ;)

Picked up some ladders 2 days ago and hit the overhead powerlines.

Only they were the telephone lines. (I lied).

Just goes to show how easily you can get fried.
 
I nearly decapitated myself once.

When I was about 18 or 19 I got a job driving a Transit tipper at a local builder's merchant. On my second day I was sent to pick up about 30 sheets of 3/4 ply from another builder's merchant.

I loaded the ply up,found a strap in the Transit cab, and put it over the middle of the ply. I then set off back to the yard.

Halfway back I had to break a bit sharpish at a mini roundabout. Next thing I know, the rear window of the cab comes through showering me in glass. The ply had all slid forward because I hadn't used the strap properly and the ply had come through the rear window of the cab. The only thing that stopped me from losing my head or being paralysed from the neck down was the fact that the corners of all the ply had hit the edge of the cab. Another 1/2 inch over and the whole lot would have come through the rear window.

19 years later and it still sends shivers down my spine thinking of that day.

There but for the grace of God go I and all that.

Ps the [email protected]$ who owned the merchants had a steel mesh fitted across the bulkhead the next day
 
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Bane

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Bloody hell Saveloy.

That was a lucky escape.
 
Bloody hell Saveloy.

That was a lucky escape.
I know Bane. I think about it from time to time and it really puts the sh*ts up me!
Thing was because it was only my second day it really didn't register at the time. I was young and worried about losing my job. It was only when I got back and one of the other drivers pointed out that the ply could have come all the way through, that it finally hit home.

I guess the moral is NEVER take chances. You only get one chance in this life .
 
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Bane

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That's true mate.

But also, had anyone ever advised you on how to secure your loads?
 
No Bane, I was just sort of thrown in at the deep end. It was 20 odd years ago before any real importance was attached to H&S and training. Also it was just a family run business and there was no real H&S.

Thing is, that incident should have put me off driving for a living for life, But oh no I later went on and got a HGV and I ended up driving artics around Spain and France for two years in the mid 90's!! Never ever lost a load after that first one. I made sure that everything was secured double tight:). More or less taught myself. I had had my warning and after that I didn't need telling twice:eek::eek:
 
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spark-doctor

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Lets see now

Bullet hole in left thigh,
Bullet hole in left hip,
Bullet hole in left ankle,
Chopped thumb off,
Chisel through palm,
Stab wound to upper arm,
Broken both legs, (left 5 places, right 3 places)
Broken right arm,
Broken nose.

Recently,

Dislocated shoulder,
Concussion,
Burn to hand

Sure there is more but Mrs Doc not here to remind me:eek:
 
Lets see now

Bullet hole in left thigh,
Bullet hole in left hip,
Bullet hole in left ankle,
Chopped thumb off,
Chisel through palm,
Stab wound to upper arm,
Broken both legs, (left 5 places, right 3 places)
Broken right arm,
Broken nose.

Recently,

Dislocated shoulder,
Concussion,
Burn to hand

Sure there is more but Mrs Doc not here to remind me:eek:
:eek:$h1t. I take that back about only getting one chance in life.:)
 
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spark-doctor

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Just remembered,

Fractured skull and 2" cut in head after standing up under a truck door on chrismas eve. 8 staples and a couple of days in hospital.

Does catching malaria count?
 
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wayne

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whatever my near misses and stupidity have been they don't reach monty and docs league ; let me tell you about a friend.


he was a trainee electrician years before me .On the day in question he had called in sick .this proved a lifesaver because somebody braked HARD in front of the van ,and the engine ended up where he would have been sitting that day .......makes you think.
 
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montybaber

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whatever my near misses and stupidity have been they don't reach monty and docs league ; let me tell you about a friend.
im not in docs league nowhere near it!! think he's james bond:cool:
 
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Spudmiester

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Lets see now

Bullet hole in left thigh,
Bullet hole in left hip,
Bullet hole in left ankle,
Chopped thumb off,
Chisel through palm,
Stab wound to upper arm,
Broken both legs, (left 5 places, right 3 places)
Broken right arm,
Broken nose.

Recently,

Dislocated shoulder,
Concussion,
Burn to hand

Sure there is more but Mrs Doc not here to remind me:eek:
Bionic spark !
 

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Lets see now

Bullet hole in left thigh,
Bullet hole in left hip,
Bullet hole in left ankle,
Chopped thumb off,
Chisel through palm,
Stab wound to upper arm,
Broken both legs, (left 5 places, right 3 places)
Broken right arm,
Broken nose.

Recently,

Dislocated shoulder,
Concussion,
Burn to hand

Sure there is more but Mrs Doc not here to remind me:eek:

Whats your nickname 'LUCKY':p:D
 
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Carter

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Well at least we know how he derived his forum name, Jeeezus Doc how are you still alive??

The one that really shook me and made me a safer man was in a huge engineering shop. Sent to attend to an intermittent facing lathe which is basically a slowwwwly rotating four tooled cutter head used to true up the ends of large pipes pre welding. Shift had ended and there were only a few of the piece-work boys still around.
Should mention the place was a total sh!thole with stillages of razor sharp sheeting, rolls of steel sheet unrestrained, knackered overloaded palleting, f*cking oil, swarf, bar-ends and you name it scattered randomly dank and with meagre light from the remaining high flourescents that were still working. Place was a death trap for want of basic house keeping.
Anyway pinned the fault down to the ancient moving iron starter on the front of the lathe, as I took the cover off a mountain of swarfed spilled out! Right that might explain a few things! Mucked it out and re instated the power to do a quick functional test. The buttons on the starter had long since been smashed off and the operators used to use a piece of dowel poked in the vacant holes to start & stop the bloody thing! :eek: I leaned over to bring the machine's inspection lamp to get some light onto the starter and in so doing dislodged a pile of steel swarf above the starter. It fell like a shower of conductive rain into the starter, the contactor thumped in and the facing head immediatly picked up my sweatshirt and started to whinch me off my feet towards the cutter head at eye level. I braced against the pillars as hard as I physically could and the machined peeled the sweatshirt in two off my back and stopped at the neck band, it then started to lift me over the top by my neck towards immolation on the end of 4 x 6" long carbide cutting tools! FACK ME RAGGED I'M GOING TO DIE NOW! was what went through my mind, all that came out of my mouth was a strangled yelp. With about a second to go before I became dog mince I aimed one good kick at where the stop contact was and obliterated the thing. The contactor dropped out but the rotation on this big boy didn't stop immediately and it was another half a rev before it finally came to rest.
Machinery is unforgiving, it just doesn't care. What it did do was plant a little electrical guardian angel on my shoulder and every time I'm about to thoughtlessly push a button or re-instate a supply he taps me on the shoulder and says:
"now hold on there Tonto! are you absolutely sure about what is going to happen next?"
It STILL shivers me at the thought as it rightly should, if I hadn't thought to try and operate that E-stop I'd have been chopped liver as there was no-one else around to do it. I had no right to walk away from that one.
 
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montybaber

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jeez Carter that sent shivers down my spine reading that:eek:

I was once using an angle grinder with an abrasive pad and had that moment changed from a cutting disc I had been using..the grinder snagged and grabbed my t-shirt and clamped my hand to the grinders 'on' button and I couldnt stop it! it sanded my stomach red raw before the other engineer cut the power, would have been a lot messier if i'd still been cutting:eek:

When I was apprentice I was chatting up a girl whilst working on an overhead rotating bar clothing conveyor system when my sleeve got sucked in and ripped off my jumper followed by my tshirt and left me screaming dangling half naked whilst being transported round the system lol
 
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4x4 mark

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i hope i havn't opened some old wounds with this thread but maybe i should start an other one to help with therapy in getting over these near death experiances.
and was spark-doc a moving target tech. for the sas or something:eek::eek:
 
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Bane

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Yeah Spark-Doctor. HOW did you come to obtain all those superficial cuts?
 
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spark-doctor

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Working in country's where most people shoot first and don't bother asking questions.

Will get Mrs Doc to take some pictures of my war wounds and post them.:D
 
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spark-doctor

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Worst thing was, it was 2 separate incidents. First one in Sudan, AK47, 1 round in hip other in thigh. Second time in Angola,.22 pistol, 1 round in ankle.
 
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Not connected to sparking but the closest I've come to pushing up daisy's was as a new shiney nig squaddie.
On the grenade range given the drill & had a practice thow using a spud, out comes the real thing screws on the detonator pulls the pin bowles the grenade...unfortunately I've never been good at cricket so this exploding plum drops just a couple of meters away. The instructor screams you C**t & we both hit the deck & get a shower of the finest Vogelsang dirt.
We both get up he stares at me I stare at him & say F*** that was close do I get another go, at which point I get the mother of all punches off him.....never cocked up lobbing a grenade again.
 
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spark-doctor

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Not connected to sparking but the closest I've come to pushing up daisy's was as a new shiney nig squaddie.
On the grenade range given the drill & had a practice thow using a spud, out comes the real thing screws on the detonator pulls the pin bowles the grenade...unfortunately I've never been good at cricket so this exploding plum drops just a couple of meters away. The instructor screams you C**t & we both hit the deck & get a shower of the finest Vogelsang dirt.
We both get up he stares at me I stare at him & say F*** that was close do I get another go, at which point I get the mother of all punches off him.....never cocked up lobbing a grenade again.
I have a poster in the loft somewhere from Kuwait after the first gulf war. Indian welder finds a box of grenade detonators. Thinks it will be great to let one go behind his mates whilst they are having lunch. Pulls pin, goes to chuck it but it detonates the moment he lets go. Poster is of him in the operating theater just before they chop his hand off. Surgeon is holding his thumb and little finger about 18" apart.

let this be a lesson to you boys and girls. DO NOT PLAY WITH LIVE ORDNANCE.:D
 
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tony.towa

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Hi Doc,

I am getting worried about you, first you are going to get Mrs Doc to take photos of your bullet wounds to post on site and now you reveal you have a poster of an Indian with his hand somewhat mangled. Is there a side of you we should know about before the forum meeting?!?!:eek::eek::eek::eek:
 
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Bane

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Should see the video he sent me. (No, not that type of video).
When you going to be fit for this meet then Ian?
Postponed it due to your undue care and attention at work.
 
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spark-doctor

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Tell me when and it is plane/train or automobile time.:D

I am getting worried about you, first you are going to get Mrs Doc to take photos of your bullet wounds to post on site and now you reveal you have a poster of an Indian with his hand somewhat mangled. Is there a side of you we should know about before the forum meeting?!?!:eek::eek::eek::eek:
I am alright if i keep taking the waaaaaaaaaa, jubaaaa, jubaaaa, whoooo, giber, giber, tablets.
 
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Carter

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jeez Carter that sent shivers down my spine reading that:eek:

I was once using an angle grinder with an abrasive pad and had that moment changed from a cutting disc I had been using..the grinder snagged and grabbed my t-shirt and clamped my hand to the grinders 'on' button and I couldnt stop it! it sanded my stomach red raw before the other engineer cut the power, would have been a lot messier if i'd still been cutting:eek:
Mate did pretty much the same thing when we were putting together a chopped Triumph Bonneville. He was fettling a bracket with a grinding wheel in a drill with his greebo hair hanging loose. The wheel picked up in his hair and in a split second had wound itself towards his face and took a huge chunk out of his eyebrow before it ripped the chunk of hair off his scalp! Lucky/stupid sod!

When I was apprentice I was chatting up a girl whilst working on an overhead rotating bar clothing conveyor system when my sleeve got sucked in and ripped off my jumper followed by my tshirt and left me screaming dangling half naked whilst being transported round the system lol
Christ, that could have been messy! Some people will do anything to impress a woman.
 
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Spudmiester

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Mate did pretty much the same thing when we were putting together a chopped Triumph Bonneville. He was fettling a bracket with a grinding wheel in a drill with his greebo hair hanging loose. The wheel picked up in his hair and in a split second had wound itself towards his face and took a huge chunk out of his eyebrow before it ripped the chunk of hair off his scalp! Lucky/stupid sod!



Christ, that could have been messy! Some people will do anything to impress a woman.

A bit non electrical but along the same lines, My late Grandmother when she was young used to work in the woolen mills in Bradford back in the 1930's.When I was a kid she used to tell us stories about 'the olden days'. One day she recounted an horrific tale of a new girl who had long hair came to work,at the mill and was told to tie her hair up.
To cut a long story short , she diddnt, and it ended up getting caught in the leather belt that drove the machine (you know the type, we have all seen Fred Dibnah's programmes), anyway, the whole lot lot ripped out.

Grandma said she could never forget the poor girls screams !

Makes my eyes water just thinking about it !
 
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Bane

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Once shot myself in the finger with a staple gun.
 
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Spudmiester

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Once put my finger in a motorised SAFI valve to see how far it was open.

It was open fully and closed on my middle finger................ouch !

There was a 2A fuse backing it up which thankfully popped. Good job I had swapped the 6.3A one earlier
 
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I once tipped an aluminium tower over while we were pulling in an arnourd all i had to hang on to was the cable and slid down it to the floor ,

the gas regulators on oxy/accetilene bottles caught fire while i was burning some rsjs

Hit my boot with a circular saw and cut into the steel toe cap

slid down a roof and neally fell right off

hand saw slipped sawing a bit of wood and neally cut my thumb off
 
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Bane

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One got an infection in my ear after trying to pierce it at home.
 
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ninjadeathstalk

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One got an infection in my ear after trying to pierce it at home.
Hi everyone.

I did the same thing with my ear as well when I was 16 or 17. Sterilised a sewing machine needle with a flame and put into the arm of the sofa for safe keeping then into my ear, lol.

My father was up a ladder working on some temporary lights one day and got a belt, fell off and then went back up to finish off with a dislocated shoulder.

When I was an apprentice doing basic hand skills we were told not to flick files at each other because the file flies out of the handle. Several minutes later flicked the file at some other apprentices and it flew at them across the room and smashed into a partition wall. Fortunately it missed everyone.
 
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Bane

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Once managed to cut my bum whilst having a poo.
 
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ScottGlover

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I once got a job to deliver baths to a warehouse on newcastle docks i was late and trying to find the dam place when i hit them bit things the ships tie the ropes to. the baths came through the cab and wedged me against the steering wheel i was stuck there for an hour before someone found me. I had broke my arm and fracktured my pelvis and broke my back in 2 place but did not paralyize me or anything. I had a lucky escape and live to die another day. lol
 
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When i was 16 long time ago i was working in a warehouse and everyone went out for lunch exept me so as you do i had a quick go on the big red forklift the ones you sit sideways on anyway four laps of the warehouse later i took a corner to fast and slid towards a huge 40ft racking loaded with about 12 tonnes of stock i caught the edge of it and the forklift stopped 10mm short of taking my arm off then the racking started swaying and almost tipped over but although my arm was sprained and black and blue my arm was ok ! phew now that was close !
2 weeks ago my sodding aprentice drilled through a hole and said to me tell me when the cable comes through the hole then after a min he said its stuck can you see what its stuck on so out comes my torch and looked just then the sod blew and gave me a face full of dust eyes were streaming and gritty ! bless his cotton socks !
 
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Guest123

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I nearly choked on a cheeseburger once.:D:D:D
 
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Scenario up a high ally scaffold with a young new apprentice taking a 3mtr length of track lighting down in an old listed building, the track only had 1 light fitting on it, and we had just taken 3x of the same down previous. This proves a point that NO matter what you should always tests circuits are dead. Another spark at the consumer unit was flicking the breakers on and off, and sure enough our light went out, dead you presume, Not, bearing in mind i had unscrewed my end being quicker than a young lad i had it resting on my head while he disconnected the mains end, i couldn,t see and he did,nt know that yes all the previous tracks had 3x wires, not this one it also had 2x switch wires and guess what it was still live, and i got the bloody shock right through my forehead, hence i have lost a few cells since then, i tell you what that bloomim heart guys. needless to say my mate at ground level was rollin about with laughter, still feel it now.
 
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maddfridge

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i there

no miss this time got totaled last week by five teenagers ina vw polo:eek:

somehow got out van total write off:mad::mad:

but lived to keep on helping you lot:rolleyes:

have some time now to answer or help

cheers one lucky sob
 
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musicmaster050

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Doing a 4mm 3 core swa joing the other day on a building site in scotland so i went to the consumer unit turned off the mcb and removed the neutral thinking all was well closed over the dis box and snapped the lock shut so i goes back to where the joint was going in the cable i start to strip one end of the swa then proceeded to cut the cable to make off the lenth of the extension when bang my bacho hacksaw had a massive gapeing hole straight thou the blade

went back the cumsumer unit and the site manager had given the key to sumbody else how had turned the mcb back on was far from happy had very stearn words with them both

but in the future i will always now lock off all mcbs

lesson learnt
 
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Doing a 4mm 3 core swa joing the other day on a building site in scotland so i went to the consumer unit turned off the mcb and removed the neutral thinking all was well closed over the dis box and snapped the lock shut so i goes back to where the joint was going in the cable i start to strip one end of the swa then proceeded to cut the cable to make off the lenth of the extension when bang my bacho hacksaw had a massive gapeing hole straight thou the blade

went back the cumsumer unit and the site manager had given the key to sumbody else how had turned the mcb back on was far from happy had very stearn words with them both

but in the future i will always now lock off all mcbs

lesson learnt
Lucky there bud.

Lock off and keep the key with you. You should know that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know of an electrician down my way that had near enough the same thing happen to him.

He is now resting in peace.
 
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musicmaster050

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jesus sorry to hear that jason all the stuff i do is temp cctv alarms access and in normal circumstances nobody touches the temp boards

but i quess what is normal

i have learnt my lesson
 

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Nothing that serious but Got the palm of my hadn caught in a pair of Lazy Tongs while pop riviting a hasp to a d.b. Th blood Blister was about an inch long. By "Jings" it hurt.
 

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never use a couple of old cds as a flexible backing for a sanding disc in an angle grinder no matter how flexible they seem. Managed to get shattered debris 40 ft away. lucky had goggles on! stupid! daz
 

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