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Mike Sokol

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Two shocked at MGM National Harbor
« on: June 28, 2018, 06:58:18 am »

This is pretty close to me so I'm following it closely. Two days ago a little girl and a employee who rescued her were shocked at the new MGM National Harbor Casino in Baltimore. The young girl is still in critical condition.

From what I can determine from watching several news outlets, there was an energized handrail which the girl grabbed and couldn't let go of. But an MGM employee was able to pull her off, and he was shocked but not seriously.

I'll contact the local AHJ, but I'm pretty sure all metal handrails have to be bonded to building ground to meet code in this county.

2 injured by electric shock at MGM National Harbor; company calls it ‘horrible accident’
By Jennifer Ortiz June 27, 2018 10:33 am
   
WASHINGTON — A 6-year-old girl and a man are in the hospital from injuries they suffered from an electrical shock at MGM National Harbor Tuesday night.

The incident happened at the outdoor fountain area on the west side of the building just before midnight, said Prince George’s County Fire and EMS.

As the girl was shocked, an adult male employee of the casino stepped in to help and was shocked as well.

Prince George’s County Fire and EMS said the girl went into cardiac arrest on the scene. She regained a pulse while en route to the hospital but is still unconscious.

The girl remains in critical condition and the man is expected to be OK.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, an MGM spokesman said the area around the fountain had been closed to the public while investigators and the company’s engineers conduct a “comprehensive assessment of the situation.

MGM is “fully cooperating” with the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department, the spokesman said.

The statement provided to WTOP said the company was heartbroken over what it called a “horrible accident.”
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Re: Two shocked at MGM National Harbor
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2018, 08:46:53 am »

This is pretty close to me so I'm following it closely. Two days ago a little girl and a employee who rescued her were shocked at the new MGM National Harbor Casino in Baltimore. The young girl is still in critical condition.

From what I can determine from watching several news outlets, there was an energized handrail which the girl grabbed and couldn't let go of. But an MGM employee was able to pull her off, and he was shocked but not seriously.

I'll contact the local AHJ, but I'm pretty sure all metal handrails have to be bonded to building ground to meet code in this county.

2 injured by electric shock at MGM National Harbor; company calls it ‘horrible accident’
By Jennifer Ortiz June 27, 2018 10:33 am

WASHINGTON — A 6-year-old girl and a man are in the hospital from injuries they suffered from an electrical shock at MGM National Harbor Tuesday night.

The incident happened at the outdoor fountain area on the west side of the building just before midnight, said Prince George’s County Fire and EMS.

As the girl was shocked, an adult male employee of the casino stepped in to help and was shocked as well.

Prince George’s County Fire and EMS said the girl went into cardiac arrest on the scene. She regained a pulse while en route to the hospital but is still unconscious.

The girl remains in critical condition and the man is expected to be OK.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, an MGM spokesman said the area around the fountain had been closed to the public while investigators and the company’s engineers conduct a “comprehensive assessment of the situation.

MGM is “fully cooperating” with the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department, the spokesman said.

The statement provided to WTOP said the company was heartbroken over what it called a “horrible accident.”

That's not Baltimore, that's PG county outside of DC on the Potomac.

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Re: Two shocked at MGM National Harbor
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2018, 09:15:51 am »

That's not Baltimore, that's PG county outside of DC on the Potomac.

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Gets one's attention in a special way when the location is a) high dollar b) brand new c)15 miles from home.
Prayers for the 6-year old girl, and thanks to the employee who pulled her off.
(Rhetorical) Will we ever know just what combination of circumstances colluded to create this disaster?
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Re: Two shocked at MGM National Harbor
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2018, 12:44:13 pm »

My guess would be an anchor bolt from the fountain was installed drilled through underground PVC conduit.  I've had wires shift weeks and months after install and come into contact.  Not sure about county codes-handrails (actually anything metal) is supposed to be bonded if it is "likely" to become energized.  A guard rail conceivably installed months after underground counduit was layed by contractors that they probably never saw, in an area apparently a long ways from any electricity- who would think?  Would "likely" apply?

I feel terrible for the parents-these are the kinds of things that keep contractors awake at night wondering how you prevent stuff like this.  Maybe a quarterly scan with an NCVT by maintenance?  Weekly?
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Re: Two shocked at MGM National Harbor
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2018, 01:20:39 pm »

If NCVT can detect a field without contact, I wonder if a more sensitive detector could scan public areas from some distance and "see" energized threats like an IR camera?

BTW don't expect to get much factual detail about the incident if a lawsuit may be in the future.

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Re: Two shocked at MGM National Harbor
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2018, 09:25:01 pm »

That's not Baltimore, that's PG county outside of DC on the Potomac.

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Re: Two shocked at MGM National Harbor
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2018, 09:28:56 pm »

If NCVT can detect a field without contact, I wonder if a more sensitive detector could scan public areas from some distance and "see" energized threats like an IR camera?

They do something like that when searching for electrically "hot" light poles. I'm not sure of the technology, but apparently there's a truck mounted NCVT that can drive by the light poles and get a reading of any hot-skin voltages. They scanned something like 50,000 light poles in Seattle a few years ago, and IIRC they found a few dozen of them that were electrically "hot".
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Re: Two shocked at MGM National Harbor
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2018, 09:50:39 pm »

Here's what Seattle says they do about testing light poles for contact voltage.

http://www.seattle.gov/light/streetlight/StreetlightsAndContactVoltage.htm

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Re: Two shocked at MGM National Harbor
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2018, 10:23:39 pm »

Here's what Seattle says they do about testing light poles for contact voltage.

http://www.seattle.gov/light/streetlight/StreetlightsAndContactVoltage.htm
so it sounds like a viable concept?

I hope somebody does it... I'm old and tired.

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Re: Two shocked at MGM National Harbor
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2018, 11:21:26 pm »

I'm old and tired.

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