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(WESH Orlando)   Man dies after failing to realize most tree branches aren't black cords attached to utility poles   (wesh.com) divider line 63
    More: Florida, trimmers, utility pole, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Duke Energy  
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2014-01-04 08:12:05 PM
Shocking!
 
2014-01-04 09:02:29 PM
They were supposed to promote him to branch manager next week.
Unfortunately, he was phased out.
 
2014-01-04 09:32:09 PM
This is very current news.
 
2014-01-04 09:32:15 PM
I am just shocked, SHOCKED to hear that he was shocked, SHOCKED!
 
2014-01-04 09:34:00 PM
Amped up story
 
2014-01-04 09:35:14 PM
He thought It was just a north american tree snake.
 
2014-01-04 09:35:21 PM
The story mentioned that a second man was injured. How revolting.
 
2014-01-04 09:35:21 PM
tl;dr

Anyone have the sparknotes version?
 
2014-01-04 09:37:00 PM
He got a real charge out of that.
 
2014-01-04 09:37:47 PM
Ohm my.
 
2014-01-04 09:38:21 PM
Thor works in mysterious ways.
 
2014-01-04 09:38:34 PM

doglover: tl;dr

Anyone have the sparknotes version?


"zap"
 
2014-01-04 09:42:10 PM
I knew you guys wouldn't be able to resist making such shocking puns.
 
2014-01-04 09:44:10 PM
"Black chords attached to utility poles" are either communications cables or insulated secondary conductors. Both of which are safe to touch. It's the bare aluminum ones that kill you dead.
 
2014-01-04 09:45:53 PM
TFA: Duke Energy

I call shenanigans.  Duke Energy couldn't operate a flashlight with a fresh pack of duracells.  The cops must have tased him or something.
 
2014-01-04 09:46:04 PM
Subby, are you hinting that there are *some* branches like that?
 
2014-01-04 09:47:08 PM
www.topfunnywebsite.com
 
2014-01-04 09:47:23 PM
076dd0a50e0c1255009e-bd4b8aabaca29897bc751dfaf75b290c.r40.cf1.rackcdn.com

"What's that smell?"
 
2014-01-04 09:52:24 PM
This was local to me (5-7 miles away) and I heard about it earlier today through people I know in the industry. I can emphatically state that these were NOT 'tree workers', they were landscapers with absolutely no training whatsoever for working in trees or around power lines. Somebody hired the lawn guy to cut a few limbs and this is what happened. At least he won't make the same mistake again.
 
2014-01-04 09:52:56 PM
www.meredy.com
 
2014-01-04 09:53:03 PM
FTA :

They said one worker, Francisco Hernandez, was found on the grounded


Fixed.
 
2014-01-04 09:53:24 PM
Did I ever tell you the story of Darth Cedar the unsafe?
 
2014-01-04 09:59:06 PM
The photo of him staring at the little screen explained it all..  you can work, or you can play with your toys.. trying to do both will cause a problem..
 
2014-01-04 10:02:09 PM
Well at least we don't have to worry about the Skinner any more
 
2014-01-04 10:04:23 PM
This thread has potential.
 
2014-01-04 10:07:44 PM

max_pooper: "Black chords attached to utility poles" are either communications cables or insulated secondary conductors. Both of which are safe to touch. It's the bare aluminum ones that kill you dead.


Came here to say this.
 
2014-01-04 10:08:03 PM
Wait... Most tree branches aren't utility wires... I don't get the headline.
 
2014-01-04 10:10:43 PM
I'm positive there will be no negative comments in this thread from our well grounded Farkers.
 
2014-01-04 10:11:11 PM
Seminole tree guys
discovered 'lectricty:
already been done.
 
2014-01-04 10:11:47 PM
Duke Energy sucks.
 
2014-01-04 10:12:30 PM

vudukungfu: I'm positive there will be no negative comments in this thread from our well grounded Farkers.


Watt are you amplying?
 
2014-01-04 10:12:42 PM
Man dies after failing to realize getting a line on that most tree branches aren't black cords attached to utility poles
 
2014-01-04 10:17:31 PM

Abacus9: This thread has potential.


That's why I am refreshing at high frequency.
 
2014-01-04 10:26:19 PM
Electrocuted while landscaping...I bet that hertz.
 
2014-01-04 10:37:36 PM

OlderGuy: The photo of him staring at the little screen explained it all..  you can work, or you can play with your toys.. trying to do both will cause a problem..


You realize that picture wasn't taken at the moment of the accident, right?
 
2014-01-04 10:39:18 PM
His name was Zap...Zap Rowsdower.
 
2014-01-04 10:42:48 PM
Ohm my.
 
2014-01-04 10:43:49 PM
Doglover used that pun before it was cool.
 
2014-01-04 10:47:10 PM
The humor here is lovely, but why has no one come up with non-conductive chains and guide bars for these things?
 
2014-01-04 10:47:30 PM
Early entry for 2014 Darwin award
 
2014-01-04 10:56:38 PM

buckler: The humor here is lovely, but why has no one come up with non-conductive chains and guide bars for these things?


anything other than metal on the guide and chain would be either useless or expensive.  If only there was a way to be able to distinguish between a smooth plastic casing and a rough bark covered tree branch.  I'm guessing the visual (either done with little sunlight or full shade) was not the best here.  In that case, know exactly where the wires are before cutting- maybe hit em with some fluorescent paint or something.
 
2014-01-04 10:57:59 PM

Starshines: OlderGuy: The photo of him staring at the little screen explained it all..  you can work, or you can play with your toys.. trying to do both will cause a problem..

You realize that picture wasn't taken at the moment of the accident, right?


Are you suggesting that it wasn't current?
 
2014-01-04 11:02:15 PM

clowncar on fire: Starshines: OlderGuy: The photo of him staring at the little screen explained it all..  you can work, or you can play with your toys.. trying to do both will cause a problem..

You realize that picture wasn't taken at the moment of the accident, right?


Are you suggesting that it wasn't current?



It's a common complaint.
 
2014-01-04 11:03:29 PM

Arnprior Joe: max_pooper: "Black chords attached to utility poles" are either communications cables or insulated secondary conductors. Both of which are safe to touch. It's the bare aluminum ones that kill you dead.

Came here to say this.


Unless he cut into an insulated line.

A while back during nice weather, we had a tree two doors down fall against the lines.  It took two lines down and was also getting burned by the high voltage at the top.  The two lines broke from burning with the tree.  It was the one time, the linemen disappointed me by their slow reaction to what was happening.  That tree burned for 6 hours before the crew finally got to work.  We had called the fire department as well, and both first guys on scene shrugged and left.
 
2014-01-04 11:04:08 PM

TomD9938: clowncar on fire: Starshines: OlderGuy: The photo of him staring at the little screen explained it all..  you can work, or you can play with your toys.. trying to do both will cause a problem..

You realize that picture wasn't taken at the moment of the accident, right?


Are you suggesting that it wasn't current?


It's a common complaint.


Probably will result in increased resistance then.
 
2014-01-04 11:04:09 PM

clowncar on fire: buckler: The humor here is lovely, but why has no one come up with non-conductive chains and guide bars for these things?

anything other than metal on the guide and chain would be either useless or expensive.  If only there was a way to be able to distinguish between a smooth plastic casing and a rough bark covered tree branch.  I'm guessing the visual (either done with little sunlight or full shade) was not the best here.  In that case, know exactly where the wires are before cutting- maybe hit em with some fluorescent paint or something.


Actually, that sounds like a damned fine solution...make the cables fluorescent, and equip professional chainsaws with compact UV lights.
 
2014-01-04 11:10:59 PM

buckler: clowncar on fire: buckler: The humor here is lovely, but why has no one come up with non-conductive chains and guide bars for these things?

anything other than metal on the guide and chain would be either useless or expensive.  If only there was a way to be able to distinguish between a smooth plastic casing and a rough bark covered tree branch.  I'm guessing the visual (either done with little sunlight or full shade) was not the best here.  In that case, know exactly where the wires are before cutting- maybe hit em with some fluorescent paint or something.

Actually, that sounds like a damned fine solution...make the cables fluorescent, and equip professional chainsaws with compact UV lights.



I was thinking low tech too.  Identify the wires with bright colored paint before you start cutting.
 
2014-01-04 11:41:52 PM
No one is gonna comment on the popped-up collar, spiky-haired mirror selfie?
 
2014-01-04 11:49:08 PM
Should a listened to Louie the Lightning Bug
 
2014-01-05 12:04:07 AM

buckler: The humor here is lovely, but why has no one come up with non-conductive chains and guide bars for these things?


You have to see how some of the cheaper companies manhandle power, cable, and phone cables. I decided to go the cheap route to get a tree cut down and they ended up knocking out my power for 4 hours(glad Comed fixed it for free).
 
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