“I wasn’t wearing my safety gear.”
In the field of Electrical Engineering, one often hears about Arc Flash incidents and shudders as they recall risks taken and mistakes made in their own careers that could’ve led to such a catastrophe. The real, gruesome truth about Arc Flash incidents is that many do not live to tell the tale, and of those who do, most are unable to lead a normal life after. The following article tells the story of two men who survived Arc Flashes. In the aftermath, one leads a normal life thanks to his Personal Protective Equipment and one is still paying the price for his disregard of safety standards. Both are fortunate to be alive and their stories provide a valuable lesson to all: no matter what trade you work in, safety must always be the highest priority.
This is a great article from IAEI Magazine that explains the aftermath of an Arc Flash incident and what you can do to keep yourself safe. (Article written by: Thomas A. Domitrovich)