Novice places hand in open panel
First off, I leave the major electical to other folks, but let me share what happened tonight. I was at a party to celebrate the completion of a basement project by another young contractor (and was curious to see the work, of course). As I walked into the unfinished area of th basement the homeowner (young guy) was showing off the rewiring of his panel to some other guys and I almost had a heart attack. The cover was off and he was randomly putting his hand on the wiring as he talked - oblivious to the risk. I calmly said as soon as I could "you can't do that, etc...." but he confidently cut me off saying "nah, it's all grounded...." The guy practically was groping the main leads while wearing flip-flops (which may have saved his life somehow)! Maybe he didn't touch both simultaneously, or another combo), but I don't know how he dodged the bullet. It's still all slow-motion to me. I wasn't fast enough, just lucky to not witness something awful.