Ralph Crawford

Drawing the Line in the Design Milieu
Disregard for lock-out/tag-out at a cheese factory isn't enough to overshadow a contractor's responsibility to safe design
Going Above and Beyond Can Come Back to Haunt You
A contractor who provided additional services outside the scope of the electrical trade gets a lawsuit for his troubles.
The Dangers of Working Hot
An electrician dies after working on an energized 277V circuit. Find out why his employer wasn't held responsible.
Circuits Are Hot Until Proven Otherwise
After touching a fuse in an open 12kV fused switch cubicle, an electrician (contracted by a California water company for annual preventive maintenance) electrocuted himself.
The Case of the Shocking Switch
It seemed like an ordinary morning, as the dental clerk began her office startup routine. Yet when she tried turning on the motor-driven compressor from
Beware of Cheap Meters
An electrician suffers serious burns and nearly loses his sight after misapplying a consumer-grade multimeter in an industrial setting.
The Case of the Compromised Evidence
After a fire claims the lives of two children, a heater manufacturer is left to blame. But ongoing investigation uncovers a case of mistaken identity.
Overflowing Oil: Overwhelming Evidence
A deficient engineering design, coupled with poor contractor's judgement and a malfunctioning relay, lead to gen-set fire.
''No Conclusion'' Results In Agreement
What happens when you can't give your client an answer?
Transfer Switch Jeopardizes Hospital Safety 1
Poor heat dissipation from control transformer leads to fire in transfer switch.
Lost Evidence — Lost Case
What happens when a seemingly closed case comes to life again after more than a year, but the main evidence turns up missing?
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