What's Wrong Here?

What's Wrong Here?

Hint: In case you're wondering, this equipment is energized


How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn't identify? Here's your chance to moonlight as an electrical inspector and second-guess someone else's work from the safety of your living room or office. Joe Tedesco, who has a knack for finding shoddy electrical work, did the dirty work and found this mess. Now it's your turn to identify the violation.

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This energized equipment was sitting on a trash bin at the rear of a hotel. This is a dangerous arrangement and exposes the trash vendor and hotel employees to a very serious hazard. I personally informed the chief electrical inspector of this mess while at the 2005 NEC adoption session, which took place during the NFPA annual meeting last May.

The violations are obvious. There's no support for the equipment, and open and loose fittings violate many requirements in the Code, starting with 110.2 and ending with Art. 430.

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