Please copy this and distribute to anyone you know who might wear contacts or work around equipment that generates ARCS.
Two recent incidents have uncovered a previously unknown phenomenon of the most serious gravity.
1. At Duquesne Electric a worker threw an electrical switch into a
closed position, which produced a short-lived electrical spark.
2. An employee at UPS flipped open the colored lense of his welding
helmet to better position the welding rod. He inadvertently struck the metal rod to be welded producing an electric arc.
BOTH MEN WERE WEARING CONTACT LENSES. Upon returning home from work, they removed the contact lenses, and THE CORNEA OF THE EYE WAS REMOVED ALONG WITH THE LENS. RESULT: PERMANENT BLINDNESS!!!
The electric arc generates microwaves that instantly bond the cornea of the eye to the lens, by drying up the fluid between the eye and the lens. THIS TRAUMA (INJURY) IS PAINLESS AND THE INDIVIDUAL NEVER KNOWS THAT AN INJURY HAS OCCURRED UNTIL THE CONTACT LENS IS REMOVED!! -Pause- [C]ontinue, [N]onStop, [S]top? [C]
As this phenomenon was UNKNOWN, no Federal, State, or local safety and health agency has regulations on this matter but they are pursuing the investigation and hopefully will take immediate action.
In the meantime, it is suggested that NO CONTACT LENSES BE WORN by anyone who is potentially subject to an electrical sparking situation.
From John Voss Commonwealth Electric Co. Lincoln, Nebraska
Submitted to Borderland Research by Dennis Bullard
Borderland Sciences Research Foundation, Inc., PO BOX 429, Garberville, California, 95440-0429 USA.
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