Visual Disconnect Preferences: the Frontline of Safety

March 2, 2017

switchesWe’ve all been there.

That outlet in your living room doesn’t seem to work anymore, so you descend to the basement, find the circuit breaker panel and shut off the living room circuit. That, of course, is the safe way to handle a repair like that. Just to be sure, you plug a table lamp into an outlet and turn it on and off a few time. Now you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that there’s no power going to that outlet. You can safely get to work.

That’s the explanation that Ron Puetz gives when explaining the critical importance of a visual disconnect. Ron is part of the Solomon Corporation Technical Sales team and a 20 year veteran of electrical equipment sales to the commercial, industrial and utility markets.

“In the commercial and industrial electrical industry,” Ron says, “having some means of a visual disconnect is critical to the safety of your personnel.”

He further points out in industrial transformer applications the certainty that the crew on duty can easily determine whether the circuit is fully disconnected is not as simple as plugging in a lamp or toaster. With above ground polemounted transformers you can use a polemounted gang operated load break switch where you can see the position of the interrupters being open or even a set of fused cutouts that are flipped down that will provide visual evidence that the circuit is open and safe to work on. With underground padmounted or unit station transformers you will need a freestanding or padmounted type of switch with viewing windows to provide that same visual evidence of the circuit being open.

Finding the correct visual disconnect options are the frontline of Solomon Corporation’s commitment to customer safety.