OSHA issued a hazard alert this week regarding dangers related to incorrectly built circuit breakers. According to the press release, certain Eaton/Cutler-Hammer circuit breakers were incorrectly rebuilt by a third party and the alterations can cause the circuit breakers to malfunction. The model numbers in question are E2K and E2KM.
According to the warning the “rebuilt circuit breakers have incorrect voltage ratings on the covers. Because the covers do not meet manufacturer's specifications, they may lack proper safety features such as grounding and fault protection to prevent electrical shock, burns and fires. Since the potential for worker injury from breaker failure exists, employers must remove this equipment from service.”
Businesses with circuit breakers matching the above description are instructed to have a qualified person shut off power to the breakers and to replace the defective breaker.
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