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    How many electricians/electrical people wear your wedding rings while working?

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    The absolute love of my life placed that band there and nothing short of the glory of God will remove it.

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    Do you know of any incidences where people were electrocuted while doing electrical work because of wearing a wedding ring? My husband was in electrical and actually, apologized to me for having taken it off, saying, it is safer. I totally understood and agreed.

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    I do not have one, but if I did I would not wear it or any other ring on the job. Electrocution would be a rare situation, but having the ring crushed or pinched with your finger in it would not be a pleasant feeling.

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    I caught my wedding band on a ladder while handing something up to the person on the ladder. I was standing on the ground and the ring caught on the bracket that holds the rungs on the back side. Was a cheaper thin gold band and cut into my finger. Ended up getting the ring cut off at the emergency room and recieved 14 stitches around my finger. Now because of the scar it is not comfortable to wear the ring and I have some fear of it happening again.

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    Wow, that had to hurt. Alot.

    My dad was fixing a tv years ago, fixing the kind that used the old tubes, diodes, and he was wearing a rather wide gold wedding band when he got zapped. He took it off after that. My brother who is in electrical never wears his due to the risk. Long ago, an uncle was teaching me to weld, and wearing my wedding band proved to be a great mistake. He even warned me beforehand, but of course, I knew it all.

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    Never heard of anyone getting hurt with their wedding ring but do know several who take theirs off.

    If I though I was going to be hurt I would simply wear rubber gloves.

    I have been hurt by a wrist watch with a metal stretch band.

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    Yeah, like on the URL of the other forum I posted someone said they got it by a wearing a watch. But rings are a pretty common way of getting zapped. My husband wouldn't wear either. No watch or rings. Nothing dangling around his neck that could make a connection or get sucked in by a vacuum or something's mechanisms. The rubber gloves you speak of would have to be fairly thick in order to be of any good, and then, my question is, how easy would it be to manipulate your fingers when you need to do something small. Safety first. Love is always second. The value of one's life is more important.

    I am alittle bit surprised that more people didn't chime in about either the poll or writing, about the safety of not wearing the jewerly. It is maybe, just too basic of a question, something, people don't think much of and taken for granted, most don't wear it. I hope so anyway. Nothing more disturbing than finishing an arc with a ring, and see the sparks fly.

    You should teach this, not to wear jewelry in Safety #101 in your first year classes.
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    It is a case of whether YOU want to take the chance that your finger may be the one in a million that is injured by wearing a piece of jewelry. It may not happen, in fact it probably will NOT happen, but as many stories tell, it COULD happen. Water skiing is an enjoyable sport, but one of my friends got his finger caught in the tow rope as he fell, and his finger WAS removed by it, which while it was also a "rare" occurance was no less traumatic to him.

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    That is horrible Hj! That poor man. God, I can't imagine it.

    It might be like you say, a one in the million chance, but like you, I wouldn't take that chance. No disrespect to anyone, but, I need all my fingers it would ruin my polished look, and then, depending on which one would be missing, I couldn't drive without it. I use sign language alot.

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    How can a ring possibly affect an electric arc through 1/4" thick gloves? Got 2 on and probably would not come off without end cutters. Ran miles of welds without any issue.

    Catching on a ladder or worse, the travelling head on a metal planer or overhead cnc router could give you the ride of your life.

    Any sort of neck chain is a good way to die, unless you be in the ghetto, where not too many machines are operating.

    Probably the best way to save your life is never leave home without a good knife in your pocket. Especially if you wear a scarf.

    Wearing a scarf and using a drill press would be on the top ten ways to die list.

    More than a few have had inside views of their snowblowers that way.
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    I once caught a wedding ring on the edge of a dumpster as I was jumping down after "putting" empty boxes in. I was able to grab on with the other hand, just in time.
    When I wore one while working, it got bent, oval'ed, and abraded. Finally I quit wearing it at work.
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    Well, you just went way up in my estimation if you are a dumpster diver!

    Wear gloves. It boggles the mind what contractors throw away at large job sites. Pulled a new box of 6" sewer elbows out last week.... enough copper for a great bottle of wine.

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    Your gloves are thick enough then.

    Quote Originally Posted by ballvalve View Post
    How can a ring possibly affect an electric arc through 1/4" thick gloves? Got 2 on and probably would not come off without end cutters. Ran miles of welds without any issue.

    Catching on a ladder or worse, the travelling head on a metal planer or overhead cnc router could give you the ride of your life.

    Any sort of neck chain is a good way to die, unless you be in the ghetto, where not too many machines are operating.

    Probably the best way to save your life is never leave home without a good knife in your pocket. Especially if you wear a scarf.

    Wearing a scarf and using a drill press would be on the top ten ways to die list.

    More than a few have had inside views of their snowblowers that way.

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