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MARTIN S: THIS MAIN GAS BOND WAS FOUND DURING A PERIODIC INSPECTION OF A COUNCIL-OWNED SHOP UNIT IN LEICESTER. I THINK YOU’LL AGREE IT BEGGARS BELIEF!
We often stress that where any protective bonding, either main or supplementary, is in place, it needs to be adequately attached, with good mechanical and conductive properties, in accordance with Regulation 134.1.4.
An appropriate warning notice in accordance with Regulation 514.13.1 should also be affixed near the connection point, which looks to be in place.
The problem is with the sheer stupidity and ignorance that the installer has shown by screwing directly into the gas main to attach the main protective bonding. They have actually caused a far more dangerous problem by attempting to ensure mechanical strength and conductance.
Whether the gas was isolated or not at the time of the work, the risk of gas leaking is likely to be high, the integrity and strength of the gas pipe wall is now compromised, and the hardware used to make the connection is likely not designed or certified to be used in this way.
A staggeringly stupid installation practice that has affected another non-electrical service that could easily cause a loss of life!
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