Re: Kentucky Man Killed in Electrical Accident
120 volts can certainly be lethal, but most of the "poking" survived is usually finger-to-finger, etc. and not across the body. Most shoes provide insulation at that voltage, but shoes don't help when you are lying on your back in full contact with the ground.
I got my fingers across 300 VDC once when working in an older tube-type radio base. It gave me quite a tickle. To be sure I would be OK, I lay down on the carpet and contemplated the ceiling for two minutes or so to be sure my heart rate would be normal.
I doubt the deceased came into contact with 208/240 volts, because he would have to touch both hots at the same time. One leg to ground is much more likely, especially because the frame was reported as hot.
Someone said "Making good decisions comes from experience, experience comes from bad decisions." I say there are three kinds of people: those who learn from their mistakes, those who learn from the mistakes of others, and those who never learn.