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Common Code Violations to Look For

The NEC is a safety document [90.1]. One way electricians can help make the workplace safe is to report and/or fix NEC violations. One way electrical contractors can generate additional work is to be looking for code violations any time they are on site and discuss them with the customer.

Article 110 violations are common. Electrical contractors should consider these, for example:

  • Unused openings in junction boxes, panels, and other enclosures [110.12(A)]. Sure, those snap-in plugs don’t cost much and your customer could easily handle this. But if you see these openings it means your customer isn’t handling this. And those openings, which are so easy to fix, indicate a general problem with Code compliance. These are like the canary in the coal mine.
  • Cramped cables [110.3]. Every cable has a bend radius, but that doesn’t mean it’s in a large enough enclosure. Learn the bend radius of cables commonly used in your customer’s sites, and look for tight fits. You can discuss these and offer to do insulation resistance testing, which could lead to regular testing gigs. Which could lead to regular cable replacement projects.

Cramped people [110.26]. The NEC and OSHA [1926.403(i)] provide minimum working clearances, but many facilities treat them as maximums. In fact, these numbers might not be enough because OSHA also requires that the worker has enough “to permit ready and safe operation and maintenance” of the equipment. Even if the installation meets the minimums in the OSHA and NEC tables, it may be insufficient.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection