Electrical Fuse Protection Compromised By Copper Pipe

It may be obvious, but fuse protection plays a vital role in the safety of your electrical installation.

Temporary repairs often become permanent fixtures within an electrical installation. With this find in particular revealing a piece of copper tube being used in place of a fuse.

The inspecting engineer identified that the supply authority fuse carrier had seals removed during his inspection. After further investigation, he found that the fuse carrier had indeed been tampered with and the expected fuse has been replaced.

Without suitable fusing at the incoming supply, the installation is vulnerable to fire if a vault was to occur causing excessive current to flow. Putting yourself and anyone around the electrical appliance in danger.

Replacement of the correct fusing will require contact with Regional Electricity Company (REC) as the equipment is their responsibility. Veriserv will assist with this communication to the REC as often discussions can be of a technical nature.

Our mission is to provide every single customer with an outstanding service that is fit for purpose and delivered by experts to reduce risk. As you can see from our other faults of the week, regular visits from a professional can cut down the risk of electrical faults, fire and disrupted security, to you and your workplace.

So if you know you are due a service, or have some concerns about your premises, please call 01543 225306, or fill out one of our contact forms to arrange a free assessment of your premises, with one of our fully trained engineers.

Regulation Breaches 

  • The Electricity Safety, Quality & Continuity Regulations 2002
  • IET Wiring Regulations 2008 (and 2015):433.1.1
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 – Reg 11 ‘Means for protecting from excess of current’

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