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    Window Washer Electrocuted in Huntington Beach this morning

    Just came acroos this from another industry friend and thought I should share.


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    March 29, 2011 | 10:04 am


    A man washing windows at a Huntington Beach medical office building was electrocuted Tuesday morning when he accidentally touched overhead power lines with a metal pole, fire officials said.
    The man was using a brush on a long extension pole with a water hose attachment to clean the windows of a three-story building on the 17700 block of Beach Boulevard about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, officials said. He was trying to work around a tree when the pole came in contact with the power lines.
    "It immediately electrocuted and killed him on the spot," said Jeff Lopez, deputy fire marshal for the Huntington Beach Fire Department.
    Firefighters found the man's body on the sidewalk, his clothing burned.
    His name was not released because his family had not yet been notified.
    As a precaution, authorities briefly evacuated the building and cut off power to the surrounding area.







    Just a friendly reminder to watch yourselves around high voltage lines as well as standard home wiring. Can't be too careful nowadays.

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    That sucks, I hate working anywhere near power lines for just that reason.

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    Was this because it was a metal pole? Would this have happened with a fiberglass or another kind of pole?
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    It was a Tucker Pole- aluminum.
    Fiberglass won't conduct electricity but carbon fiber will.

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    That is such a shame that someone died.

    I have seen numerous pictures of electrocutions when working at the refinery and each time someone had died we got more training on electricity and safe working near power lines.

    I am sure that when guys buy poles for pressure washing, window cleaning or tree trimming there are warnings listed on the poles, in the boxes and possibly a verbal warning. I think that showing a video of safe usage along with another warning on use that keeps them away from power lines would be a good idea. I don't think that showing them pictures of dead people from accidents would be a good idea but for a supplier to keep a few on hand in case people are not aware of the danger or don't believe what electricity can do to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thad View Post
    It was a Tucker Pole- aluminum.
    Fiberglass won't conduct electricity but carbon fiber will.

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    I wouldn't even want to touch power lines with a fiberglass pole. While the fiberglass is non conductive the pole has clamps with metal parts in it so there is a chance that the electricity could jump along the pole thru them.
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    My suggestion would be to ask local electricians and utility companies about how far the voltages in power lines can jump. If you have a fiberglass pole you might be safer but I wouldn't take that risk. Power lines should be covered by the power company before you work near them.
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    Window Washer Electrocuted in Huntington Beach this morning

    I checked into having lines covered here last summer and was told they wouldn't do it because it isn't 100% effective. That was all I needed to hear. I passed on what would've been a really cool job. Another company did it though.
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    Window Washer Electrocuted in Huntington Beach this morning

    Quote Originally Posted by apple View Post
    I checked into having lines covered here last summer and was told they wouldn't do it because it isn't 100% effective. That was all I needed to hear. I passed on what would've been a really cool job. Another company did it though.
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    Have the power company come out and cover the lines with insulated blanketing.

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    Is the cables going into the house and around the meter safe to wash around or should you stay away from them too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thad View Post
    It was a Tucker Pole- aluminum.
    Fiberglass won't conduct electricity but carbon fiber will.
    And so will water what ever the product the pole is made out of.

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    having been an electrician last millennium there was an old maxim that we worked to and that was "Water and electricity don't mix" period under any circumstances no matter what you poles are made out of. If there is electricity overhead or any where for that matter and you are introducing water in any way be prepared for trouble and possible death.

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