[rescue] Shifted Sun GDM-500PS...

Jonathan C. Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Sat Dec 20 18:08:04 CST 2003

On Wed, 19 Nov 2003, William Enestvedt wrote:

>    Is this true? Why would the location of your *other* hand matter? Stop that
> giggling -- I mean, wouldn't the current go down the (doomed) arm, through the
> (shaking) torso, and out the (now-smoking) feets?

I thought it would be assumed that anyone working around high-voltage or
line-voltage equipment would have donned properly-insulated footwear.
Here's what I wear every day:


Now, they're not electrical-hazard rated, because they're not certified
to 600 volts, but they're plenty safe enough for what I work around[0].
I'm far more excited about the fact that they've survived[1]:

  A falling cisco 7000
  A falling IBM F30
  A rolling rackful of PDP-11
  A tipped crate holding an SGI Challenge XL
  Several falling 8U HP UPSes

All without a single injury to my feet.  That and they're super-
comfortable.  I'll stick with Red Wing until someone digs up some mil-
spec steel-toed, puncture-proof, water-proof, ANSI-certified EH-rated
10-inch lace-ups.  Then I'll be in footwear heaven.

[0] Mostly telco and 48VDC with the occasional dip into the 200VAC
[1] Can you tell that I'm accident-prone? :)
Jonathan Patschke  ) "Earth works.  That's proof positive that Mother
Elgin, TX         (   Nature isn't a suit."            --Dave McGuire

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