Shipyard Electrocution Dangers!

4/7/2008:

I’ve noticed many of the horrible “exposed wires” around Hoboken, but never thought to mention it (because I come from a family of electrical engineers who know better) but someone else is very much concerned about the lack of safety at an uptown Hoboken area…

Here’s today’s reader mail from Hoboken411 member “FMTVENG.”

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Fortune cookie says: “Fried crisp in your future”

“411,

I’ve been meaning to document this for a LONG time now, but finally remembered to take my camera out while walking the dog this morning.

All around the shipyard property there are electrical outlets at the base of the trees. These, by code, should be covered by weather-tight covers when not in use, have weather-tight plastic covers when expected to be used by unattended cords in foul weather, and be 12” or more above grade… and obviously not have the receptacle and it’s wiring falling out of the box and exposed.

There are the bases of two lamp posts that have been knocked down long ago, but still remain there with street cones hiding the dangers of the wiring underneath.

I’ve attached screen shots (the web version of the NED doesn’t allow copy/paste) of the actual code sections for the covers, I don’t have time to look up the 12” requirement, but it’s definitely in there.

Imagine if a nick were to develop in one of those exposed wires, it would electrify the metal grating around the tree, and any damp soil around it. Imagine if a dog were to take a leak and the urine come in contact to one of those outlets with no cover on them, or an exposed wire. Or a small child stepping or grabbing any of the aforementioned. The one light pole has been missing since I moved her in 2006 and still remains with a cone protecting the base of what used to be a lamp post on Sinatra drive with live wires hiding underneath. Maybe our code inspectors need to worry a little less about the progress of their condo’s at Maxwell place and more about the electrocution hazards all around uptown.

FMTVENG”

SEE FULL PHOTO GALLERY AFTER THE JUMP!!

Here are the rest of the “dangerous” pictures…

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10 Comments on "Shipyard Electrocution Dangers!"

Friedupright
Member
Friedupright

Hello? Beth Mason? Where are you? Shipyards, uptown. Your area. Get your ass in gear if you want to be Mayor.

personalt
Member
personalt

The GFI tripping means nothing if the wires in the back of the box are exposed. The way it is now a dog peeing on the tree could get his nuts fried. Or the ground or that metal grate could get energized.

On a scale of 1 to 10 on electrical dangers that is easily a 10 because it is outside and next to the gound and metal.

Sandwich
Member
Sandwich

Someone should do a walk through with an inductive indicator and reset the GFIs and to see if they instantly trip because of current leakage to ground. Then you could really have grounds for a citation.

Max_Power
Member

[quote comment=”76801″]If it’s on the sidewalk, then it’s not the City’s responsibility, but the property owner.[/quote]

Right, but if these outlets have been exposed for this long (and they’ve been like this for as long as I can remember), and presuming the City hasn’t issued any citations, wouldn’t it then assume some sort of liability if someone is injured/killed?

oceanbloo
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oceanbloo

Off topic a little, but still an uptown safety hazard…yesterday I was walking on 15th street toward Park. Right near the Park on Park parking garage is a mess of razor wire with lots of razors accessible to people walking on the street. Given that there is now a park across the street, it seems to me like this razor wire should be “made more safe” (whatever that entails: removal, etc.).

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