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Old 05-03-2010, 05:12 AM   #1
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It's hard to know what to say about this accident... I wish the fellow well ... but I do hope that he had nothing to do with MAAC...
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:22 AM   #2

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pretty bad for sure. hope he is ok. and i sure hope he learned his lesson. models are not worth our lives...
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“You want to stay away from power lines — it’s common sense we learn as a child,” he said.

People underestimate the "wires" that run all over the towns and cities we live in. I think its something many dont even think about... but there are some SERIOUS volatges running really just tens of feet above us our whole lives. A 10 yr old kid died here last year climbing up a hydro pole near a park down the street from my house. Horrific.

I wouldnt actually call that a "model" related accident. But 100% preventable none the less.

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It's hard to know what to say about this accident... I wish the fellow well ... but I do hope that he had nothing to do with MAAC...
Yeah that was scary.

I know I had learned a deep respect regarding power lines as a kid from my parents always warning me about them. I guess its because they were always a threat because they were everywhere.

Nowadays, there are NO power lines in my neighborhood where my kids play. [all underground]. This incident has made me realise that because of the lack of prominence of power lines, I never did take the time to caution my kids regarding power lines and electrocution.

Thanks for bringing this article to my attention. I will have a chat with my kids this evening
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Re: Accident

Glad to see they were able to revive him and hope the prognosis remains positive.

Working with electricity my entire career I can say without a doubt this seems to be the least understood for the risks involved. Electrical sources and supply runs have become more common as our need for it ramps up to greater levels each year so the risk factor increases, as well. But, this is a root cause of the problem. Since we are so exposed to this every day we can become complacent.

Yes, it would be prudent to teach your kids about them. At least what we are commonly exposed to around home are very low voltages, but the closer you get to the source, even when you consider the utility pole in front of your house, the story drastically changes.
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Power from a 14 KV line can arch 5 feet or more under the right circumstances.

Hope the man is OK.

I keep having the same mechanical problem. I've got a loose nut on the transmitter!

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