Hmmm - more likely than you think.
Flat above my office, the guy splashed loads of water out of the bath - I
think he was in there with his girlfriend. The water came through my ceiling
and the light fitting. I was cross because of the water, but he had a truly
electrifying experience. After that, he got his bath earthed.
Incidentally, he did not get fried because the electricity had quite a long
path to travel through, but he got a definite tingle (not from the
girlfriend) and it was potentially a dangerous situation.
I was surprised, like you, but since that incident everything in sight gets
The IEE published a paper on earthing which might be of interest. Can't
find it on the IEE website, but there's a copy here
You don't supplementary bond an iron bath, unless it is also earthed by
other means, such as taps fed by copper pipe. The regs suggest that total
electrical isolation is best. If this can't be achieved, then being well
connected with everything else nearby is the second choice as even if
everything in the room is electrified simultaneously, then no current can
flow through you until the fuse/MCB/RCD blows. (This is a little simplistic,
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