A small job had been added to the day’s directional boring work—after Tom Dickey’s safety gear had already been sent back to the shop. He made a decision in favor of time and efficiency instead of safety to go ahead and dig a 40-foot section of conduit. This decision almost cost him his life. As an experienced professional he knew all of the correct procedures, but while adjusting the conduit’s path in the ground, he made a small slip and received a high-voltage shock.
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