how many people out there have generators installed and are not sure if they are in fact connected correctly according to the sans regulations....well i am sure there are many...
this is the reason like witnessing crime i prefer not to get involved...i get called out to a site were a homeower who has a 2 year old child want to know if the generator installation is safe...so i go to site have a look and find these problems
no earth leakage on the plug circuits connected to the generator
no mechanical interlock
relays underated for the size breaker protecting the circuit
no barrier between the generator supply and the normal supply
generator is installed below the kitchen window outside
panels are not weatherproof mountwed outside
no earth spike...and more
and these were just a few of the items i notice while doing a visual inspection...but on hearing the electrical contractor had not yet issued the COC i decided to rather walk away from the job until the electrical contractor has issued the COC...because i have learnt from experience no matter how many YEARS it takes the electrical contractor to issue the COC the job is not finished ...my main concern was the fact the plugs were not connected to earth leakage unit...so i informed the customer of this and left...i then got a call from the husband who seemed concerned...so i advised him of the situation and said there was nothing he could do until the COC was issued and that i did not want to get involved until it was done...10 minutes later i get a call from the electrical contractor wanting to know who the hell i thought i was going onto his site and telling the customer that his installation was unsafe...well as far as i am concerned not having plugs on earth leakage with a 2 year old crawling around is like leaving a loaded firearm lying around with teenagers...anyway it comes out that he is not finished with the installation yet... as i expected he would say...apparently he explained the situation to the owner that there is no stock of the earth leakage units which he required...so in the meantime if the 2 year old is electricuted who is going to be at fault the supplier of the earth leagage unit? the electrical contractor? the parents?