EV deaths

Stuart Owner/Technician United Kingdom Posted   Latest  

Hi Guys , there is much scaremongering across the pond regarding technicians being killed while working in on EV systems. Can anyone confirm If that’s has happened anywhere and point me towards any article on same? Many thanks 

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Daniel Manager
Germany
Daniel
 

I have to admit, I've scoured the internet trying to find info on this for developing training courses, but I've never found anything. A customer in Malaysia told me a fire fighter got killed while working on a crashed EV, but I could never find the article.

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Stuart Owner/Technician
United Kingdom
Stuart
 

I’ve seen a few articles as well with owners being killed by electroction in an traffic accident, however none in a workshop environment or by a DIY enthusiast .

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Daniel Manager
Germany
Daniel
 

Seen plenty of stories about fires but not electrocution (not saying it hasn't happened, just I haven't seen it, be keen to see any links if you can recall any?). Reality is, the safety systems, especially interlocks will (should) shut the system down well before anything will happen. I do expect things to get a bit worse in the future however when we start to see repairs being under taken with…

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Dick Technical Support Specialist
Quebec
Dick
 

Is it possible that you could post a link for the article you mentioned . Thank you.

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Matt Technician
Massachusetts
Matt
 

I've herd a lot of fear mongering and misinformation on this but never an actual news story about anyone being killed or hurt by a high voltage system, even despite all the DIYers you see on youtube "rebuilding" their own hybrid batteries. I'll never forget the first training class I went to where high voltage systems were being discussed. The instructor said "Don't even try to work on these…

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Thomas Technician
Virginia
Thomas
   

I haven't heard anything on technicians being killed while working on EVs but that is not to say someone hasn't been … by one. people get scared to work on these systems and i don't understand why. You think journeymen electricians are scared to go to work everyday and work in a hot panel box or linemen? I remember before i got in this field and i was just coming out of high school, I was…

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Dick Technical Support Specialist
Quebec
Dick
 

Extensive research a couple years ago did not reveal any fatal incidents involving techs. Layered and redundant safety systems make it unlikely, but certainly not impossible.

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Jacques Technician
Pennsylvania
Jacques
 

Like all others here, I haven't found any reports of death or injury. I believe this is partly because technicians who decide to work on them tend to seek professional training rather than just 'giving it a go' on their own. Maybe a result of the scaremongering?

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Steve Technician
Pennsylvania
Steve
 

When air bags became popular in the late 80's and early 90's, I was working for a company that did aftermarket installations of "functional convenience products". A popular product at that time was installation of cruise control in Chrysler G body vehicles. I was warned that not disconnecting the battery, waiting 30 minutes and treating the removed air bag module with dainty precision would…

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Rudy Technician
California
Rudy
 

The last EV class I took a few months ago,the instructor was adamant that there has not been one reported case of a technician dying as a result of an EV or hybrid vehicle repair. His point was that there is nothing to fear if best practices are followed,which he proceeded to lay out.

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Walter Manager
Washington
Walter
 

I have not heard of any deaths by electrocution, but have personally seen the results of exploded hybrid batteries due to improper "rebuilding" and recharging to test. If the techs had been next to the battery they would have been killed, but by luck each time they were not close at that time.

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Adam Owner/Technician
Alberta
Adam
 

Like most of your replies i haven't heard of any injuries or fatalities. I have taken the training, first responders should be taking the training as well. Like anything, read, train and respect the danger

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Greg Instructor
Texas
Greg
 

Don't lick the orange wires.

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Gary Technical Support Specialist
New York
Gary
 

Is this the same Greg Meyers from Goodyear, Pep Boys fame?

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Bill Instructor
Illinois
Bill
   

Contact Craig Van Batenburg from fixhybrid​.​com Hes the owner and main trainer. Real nice guy I recently completed a 3 day condensed course offered by our mechanics union and found him to be very experienced. He has been doing hybrid training since the beginning and has been a tech since the 70s. He also travels around the world doing consultations and training in other countries. If I…

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Tanner Instructor
South Carolina
Tanner
 

There was an occurrence of a shock on one of the Fomula E BMW vehicles that there is video of online. The person that was shocked was not seriously injured though from what I read. I know a trainer that spoke to a group of legislators in Washington DC about HV regulations. He was told 5 people have to die from a shock from an electric vehicle for them to consider it. With the way the vehicles…

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