On August 12, 2004, I was connecting large electrical generator in preparation for Hurricane Charlie. The meter I was using failed and blew carbon into the gear and created an electrical arc which resulted in an arc blast. The electrical equipment shown in the video is the actual equipment after the explosion when my co-workers were there trying to restore power and make temporary repairs. I ended up with full thickness, 3rd degree burns to both hands and arms along with 2nd and 3rd degree burns to my neck and face. I was in a coma for two months due to numerous complications from infections and medications. During this time my family endured 4 hurricanes and the possibility of losing me. I am a husband, a father, a son and a brother, not just an electrician. It took almost two years of healing, surgeries and rehabilitation to only be able to return to work to an office job. I can't use my hands and arms as well as I once could... BUT I'M ALIVE! There are those who have had similar accidents and fared much, much worse. I use my experiences to caution others. All of this could have been avoided if I had been wearing my personal protection equipment (PPE), which I was fully trained to do and was in my work van. I would have probably only gone to the hospital for a checkup! I am asking you to protect yourself by following your safety procedures. Accidents at work not only affect you; think about the effects on your family, your friends, your finances, your company, your co-workers… your entire world. Most of these injuries can be prevented by following the safety rules your company probably have in place. Most of these rules were put in place because of accidents like mine. Be safe; not for fear of fines, penalties or getting fired. Be safe for yourself and for all the people close to you. I got a second chance... You may not!!!
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I'm hoping my video and story helps with your safety programs and safety awareness. Please feel free to download a copy of the "Donnie's Accident" Original video and/or the new "Donnies Accident 2012 Instrumental" video for your safety program.
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Be safe; not for fear of fines, penalties or getting fired. Be safe for yourself and for all the people close to you. I got a second chance... You may not!!!
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Arc Flash Safety, Personal Protection Equipment, Electrical Safety