14 Nov Electrical Panel Clearance
Insufficient clearance around electrical panels is one of the many electrical hazards that can endanger ones safety. The obstructed access to panel boards can also effect shutting down the source of power in the event of an emergency.
NEC 110.26 and 29 CFR 1910.303 (G)(1) require sufficient access and working space around electric equipment to allow ready and safe operation and maintenance of such equipment. Both the OSHA and NEC set minimums for the dimensions of this working space.
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Repair work completed by Aruba
Part of our work with a previous client included many electrical repairs. One of the bigger issues with the repairs was that the existing electrical panel was a Zinsco. These panels were used in the mid-1970’s and are no longer manufactured due to decencies that were serious enough to cause both fire and electrical shock risk. The panel needed to be upgraded to comply with the repairs required by the city inspector.
Once the electrical panel is upgraded, we no longer met clearance codes for the panel since the kitchen and countertops are within 3 feet. NEC Code requires 3 feet of clearance in front of the electrical panel. This triggered the new panel to be flipped to the other side of the wall, in the hallway.
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