National Electrical Installation Standards

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Question:

Contractor says these grounds do not need to be secured. Sure looks at and XXXX sure a tripping hazard. But . . is it a code violation?

Thanks in advance for any light you can shed.

Courtney Canfield
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Answer:

Hey Courtney thanks for your question. The picture you sent appears to be a metal pole base with bare copper conductors extending down along the concrete foundation into the earth so they are likely connecting to auxiliary grounding electrodes as allowed by 250.54. Exposed grounding electrode conductors must be securely fastened to the surface as sated in 250.64(B). Additionally grounding electrode conductors need to be protected from physical damage as stated in 250.64(B)(1) or (2) depending on their size. The tripping hazard issue is not covered by the NEC.

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