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We are being back charged approximately 20k on a project because our team did not properly hang plastic sheeting to catch slurry and runoff over a new electrical panel. My question, does the electrician bear any responsibility for leaving the panel box open with no panel after installation? Is there any code on this? Anyone could have been shocked. We are in Texas.
Thanks for your question. The NEC requires that live parts operating at 50 to 1000 volts to be guarded against accidental contact as stated in 110.27. NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, contains many rules to be followed to protect employees from electrical hazards. If exposure to an electrical hazard was created by an electrician it would seem they would be responsible for that. It would also seem that allowing slurry and runoff to be deposited on or in most electrical equipment is not acceptable either, whether it is energized or not, and that would be your responsibility.
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