Q Technical Services of Telford have been a member of the NICEIC for twenty years and over this time have seen many changes in the electrical industry.
In our years of trading however we have never seem such a thing like this:
We recently were undertaking a ECR and came across a Distribution Board when had a main Triple Pole 100Amp Isolator switch. Upon accessing the main terminals for testing we noted that the U2 / L1 terminal screw was actually lose and would not it tighten up, yet the conductor that was made into the terminal would not come out and was not loose.
We isolate the supply to the DB and removed the switch from its G rail holder and what we found beggers believe.
Yes this is a screw….screwed through the back of the switch…..with the screw done up to push the cable retainer into place to hold the L1 conductor in place….with the screw only mm’s away when the switch was actually in place in the DB from touching the actual metal enclosure
OMG……what a bodge…and what great work by our eagle eyed fully trained technicians for the essential reasons for Electrical Condition Reporting.
Legislation requires fixed wiring testing be carried out every one to five years in most work places. In compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989, all work activities and rented accommodation must take precautions to avoid the risk of death or personal injury.
The five main aims of a condition report are:
- Record the results of the inspection and testing to make sure the electrical installation is safe to be used until the next inspection (following any work needed to make it safe)
- Find any damage and wear and tear that might affect safety, and report it
- Find any parts of the electrical installation that do not meet the IEE Wiring Regulations
- Help find anything that may cause electric shocks and high temperatures
- Provide and important record of the installation at the time of the inspection, and for inspection testing in the future.
For all your electrical requirements please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01952 580947
Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by Ian Blackford
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