Having completed an electrical installation condition report for a customer last summer when they asked for my services after purchasing their new home, I was delighted when they called me up recently with a view to replacing their fuse box. There wasn’t anything wrong with their old fuse box per se, other than it was not fully RCD protected but they didn’t like the colour distortion of the plastic cover as it was in a visible place in the kitchen. The EICR I had previously performed made my work a doddle and I found it incredibly satisfying to see a job finally completed. I will of course now be providing an electrical installation certificate for the new fuse box. As the new page on my website demonstrates, there is an important distinction between the two.
It also saddens me to read of the continual negligence exposed with respect to overhead power cables that are demonstrated by the filings found in the HSE RSS feeds to the right of my blog. I remember a job I was working on in Clapham, South London where I was installing some new security lighting. When I pointed out the fact that there was a dangerously low mains power cable suspended across the yard and that I had concerns a fork lift truck at full extension could possibly hit the cable, the health and safety representative of the company shrugged his shoulders!