NEC 110.26(C) Entrance to Working Space
(2) Large Equipment For equipment rated 1200 amperes or more that contains overcurrent devices, switching devices, or control devices, there shall be one entrance to the required working space not less than 610 mm (24 in.) wide and 2.0 m (6 1/ 2 ft) high at each end of the working space. Where the entrance has a personnel door(s), the door(s) shall open in the direction of egress and be equipped with panic bars, pressure plates, or other devices that are normally latched but open under simple pressure.
Is this requirement requiring crash bar hardware or can lever hardware be used?
Seems to me that this is left kinda vague and left for interpretation.
I have seen this go either way. Should be the call of the Building Inspector.
Is this a requirement that anyone has been stuck with since it is in the electrical code.
Is this in the Life Safety Code NFPA 101? I don't have a current copy.
Architects miss this one all the time.