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Truth in Panel ID #124311
09/10/06 05:35 PM
09/10/06 05:35 PM
renosteinke  Offline OP
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Joined: Jan 2005
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Blue Collar Country
A place I was recently at had an interesting way of marking the electrical panel circuits:

[Linked Image]

The folks who worked here were not literate in English...nor, probably, in their native tongue, either.

I should point out that the exposed breakers control the lights; the panel has breakers in every space, and the panel cover is intact. The cardboard is there only to prevent somone from flipping the wrong breakers.

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Re: Truth in Panel ID #124312
09/10/06 08:25 PM
09/10/06 08:25 PM
Lostazhell  Offline
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,431
Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
It looks like someone drew a happy ceiling fan on there [Linked Image]

Re: Truth in Panel ID #124313
09/11/06 01:25 AM
09/11/06 01:25 AM
Check Pilot  Offline
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 141
Edmonton Alberta Canada
Now --- uh --- that's not bad at all!

I hope everybody can understand a skull and crossbones.

It might even keep the hackers out.

Good on whoever did that... Right on!

Re: Truth in Panel ID #124314
09/11/06 11:43 AM
09/11/06 11:43 AM
RSmike  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 134
Holland, MI USA
In my opinion unless you speak the language you shouldn't be allowed to work in an environment where your ability to read the language/signs could mean the difference between life and death. Seems like a quick way to make a widow a rich lady.

In an industrial setting the Europeans have the right solution by using symbols for everything. As funny as it may be this skull and cross bones is probably a very good universal 'go away' indicator.

Reminds me of the conveyor systems at our site. Some have signs that say 'caution: pinch point' while others have the graphic of a hand being separated from the fingers between two rollers. It looks a little stupid but gets the point across.


Re: Truth in Panel ID #124315
09/11/06 03:56 PM
09/11/06 03:56 PM
trobb  Offline
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 110
Iowa City, IA
And the Euro signs get bonus points for letting us envision our demise(s).

Re: Truth in Panel ID #124316
09/11/06 03:58 PM
09/11/06 03:58 PM
SvenNYC  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,691
New York City
That is one happy skull...for sure. [Linked Image] [Linked Image]

Re: Truth in Panel ID #124317
09/12/06 05:09 AM
09/12/06 05:09 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England

Re: Truth in Panel ID #124318
09/16/06 08:59 PM
09/16/06 08:59 PM
BigJohn  Offline
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 391
Boston, MA
Doing new construction I'm constantly scaring the non-english speaking sheetrockers/insulators/cabinet-guys/tin-knockers/paint-sloppers/tile-guys/landscapers (am I missing anyone? [Linked Image] ) away from our temp. panels and permanent closets.

I've been meaning to get a bi-lingual sign to discourage people from touching our stuff, and I do believe putting a scull-and-cross-bones on it would really get the point across. Right between DANGER/PELIGRO!


[This message has been edited by BigJohn (edited 09-16-2006).]

Re: Truth in Panel ID #124319
09/16/06 10:21 PM
09/16/06 10:21 PM
Rewired  Offline
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 558
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Wish that would have worked around here, first big project I was on, it didnt matter how you labelled or locked the panel, someone would ignore the warning, or pry the lock off and start messing about with the breakers!!


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