Friday I went about 60 miles North of here to look at pricing a remodel. The building was vacant but the GC told me the entry code over the phone. He said " There's a 1200 amp service existing" When I got there I couldn't see a service drop. When I got inside this smelly old place the power was on.
I went to the basement in search of panels. Sure enough I found the 1200 amp switch, nothing out the top nothing out the bottom, must feed from behind. Immediatly to the left was an unlocked door. I opened said door and saw nothing but dark, but I heard a familiar 60hz hum. Something told me not to stick my hand in fumbling for a light switch. I went to the truck for a flashlight.
Wow!! Talk about a nightmare. I had a friend whose dad lost his arm in a room eerily like this one, exposed buss lugs, a slip while entering (from above, no door) and complete loss of his right arm at the armpit.
The middle and far tubs show signs of oil leakage,too. Older tubs, probably PCB to boot.
The unlocked door makes this a criminal act. Was the door to the electrical room locked? But even so, this should be accessable by the POCO only!!
What was the primary voltage?
Stupid should be painful.
Re: Transformer Room#123393 03/28/0612:44 AM03/28/0612:44 AM
What are you complaining about? The HV side is insulated. Surley that LV secondary is harmless.
Personally, I don't think I'd like to trip and fall onto one (or across two ) of those bare termination lugs. Simple Ohms Law tells me that the chances of getting off it unscathed would be pretty remote. Regardless of where these transformers are situated, I reckon there should be shrouds over them, from a Health and Safety perspective.