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Why do we mislead workers about the dangers they face?

 

The known threat to life on LV networks is fault currents of up to 37 kA.**
Currently, the safety equipment used to protect workers from this threat to life is only suitable for 6 kA.   

 

The cheque is waiting for anybody who can prove that safety equipment rated for 6kA will protect workers from a 37kA hazard.

**Electricity Supply Authority figures.

 

Safety equipment that addresses a fraction of a hazard cannot protect workers.
Why address a fraction of a hazard?  How is the balance of the hazard addressed?

Worker protection is achieved if the ACTUAL hazard is addressed e.g. the fault current of the network.  (IS EN 61230:2008)

The fault current of a network is the fault current of the transformer that feeds that network which is as follows:

 

Transformer Size

Fault Current

200KVA

7.2kA

400KVA

14.4kA

630KVA

22.7kA

1MVA

36kA

 

Note : Employers who provide safety equipment which is not fit for purpose, risk prosecution under Regulation 82 (2) of S.I. No. 299 of 2007

 €10,000 to anybody or (their nominated charity) who can show that:

1. Safety procedures in Ireland comply with International Safety Standard IS EN 61230: 1996/2008

2 A protective device rated for 6kA will protect you from a 36kA hazard for 1 sec.

 

Closing Date August 19th 2018.  See competition Terms & Conditions

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