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Code Clusters: Is That a Church Cross?


Code Clusters is a fond look back at some of the most interesting and outlandish Code violations published in the pages of EC&M magazine over the past 15 years — the item below is the third in a series of 10. Questions? Comments? We’d love to hear your feedback! Post your thoughts in the box below.


NEC Violations Illustrated - Cross 1

NEC Violations Illustrated - Cross 2Is That a Church Cross?

All references are based on the 2002 edition of the NEC.

The reader who submitted this photo wants to know the same thing you probably do: How did this get past the building inspector? The electric utility plans on removing the conductors and “topping” the pole at a later date, but since there’s no access to the base of the pole, the builder will be stuck pulling the pole butt. It’s worth noting that the distribution class voltage conductors were cut clear and de-energized at both ends of each span prior to these pictures being taken. Forget about the NEC or NESC—OSHA would have a field day with this contractor.

See next violation: No Cover Charge

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