As near as I can tell the panel box does not look to be a Mema rated weather tight box. also the wires inside look like a bird's nest. Moisture dust and insects are public enemy #1 around high voltage and high amperage electricity. Bad wiring practices rates right up there as well. I hope the guy's glove was enough to protect his fingers and hand
When I saw this and my people having to fight just to have a place to connect their power equipment I walked to the generator and pulled the mains shutting the whole project down. Then went to the job superintendent and told him on no uncertain terms was my company providing a service panel for every contractor on the job site they could provide their own or connect directly to his generator. Then went and sat with the general contractor and the consulting engineer and explained to them the same terms. No contractor or their workers were going to interfere with the scope of our companies work progress. Then I told them that we would be more than happy to provide a safe panel for the other 4 larger contractors for a price, but My panel was off limits, the smaller subs would have to work it out for themselves. It wasn't an hour later when 10 of my guys were constructing panels to rent out.
SO yes I can and have seen that many aerial connections before on a single panel.
I am assuming this was done for demonstration purposes. I cannot imagine any experienced electrician or lineman would have terminated the wires that terribly. A side note I was a a union electrician for many years and have had a 3 phase panel “smoke phases” in my face one time. Can’t say I enjoyed it, but was definitely an experience.
If it had been done for demonstration purposes I should think the person activating the breaker would have used a long non conducting device such as a stick to flip the breaker and not have risked personal injury.
It could have even been a staged explosion with combustible media involved for a dramatic effect, but again if so why risk your hand
Side note he did practice the 1 hand in the panel rule LOL
Scotsman Hosie (09-11-2019)
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