Codebreakers #58

Codebreakers #58

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Continuing this month’s theme of dangerous findings in public spaces, we have this offering. There’s no excuse for not dealing with this, as it’s fully visible from a public viewing area. Further aggravating any issues found is the external influence of an ice rink which tends to be quite damp and constantly wet in many areas due to the temperature requirements of that type of installation.

We have accessible live parts from terminal connector blocks, not taken into an adequate enclosure, which could easily come into contact with an exuberant hockey fan.

The trunking lid missing is now giving access to single insulated cables. Coupled with the access to single insulated cables, there is now a potential collapse issue, as part of the wiring has already started to give way and fall away from the trunking.

Where the single insulated cables have begun collapsing, there could be damage to cables from their weight being pressed against the trunking lid securing points.

A big issue here is also the danger to fire and emergency personnel from further cable collapse in the event of a fire.

Although the fire alarm sensor is not entirely within the remit of a BS 7671 periodic inspection, its supply cable is and appears to be unsupported. Being an unsupported cable may cause strain on terminations and possible premature collapse. The sensor itself cannot be inspected or commented on from a BS 7671 perspective; however, an observation and note can be made on the EICR, highlighting to the Client or person ordering the work that a BS 5839 inspection may be prudent.

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