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Old 07-10-2018, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default Safety Hazard - Recall of Eaton Heavy Duty 30A and 60A Safety Switches

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Safety Hazard - Recall of Eaton Heavy Duty 30A and 60A Safety Switches

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Eaton has identified a potential nonconformance with certain Eaton Heavy Duty 30A and 60A Safety Switches. The safety switch can potentially supply power when the handle is in the “off” position, subjecting the operator of the switch or any downstream equipment to risk of serious bodily injury or death.
Hazard Identified: This issue affects various configurations of 30A and 60A Heavy Duty safety switches manufactured between November 19, 2015 and January 23, 2018. Please see Appendix B for a complete list of affected catalog number prefixes. Potentially affected switches can be identified using the information identified in Figures 1 and 2.
For Units that have been installed: DANGER - Inspection of installed units should only be performed by qualified individuals. Apply appropriate personal protective equipment and follow safe electrical work practices. Verify unit is de-energized prior to any inspection. Failure to follow these instructions will result in serious bodily injury or death. De-energize switch and lock out upstream equipment. Follow the instructions on the attached PDF.
For Units that have not been installed: Identify potentially affected units using the shipping label or publication shown above in the images below. If a yellow dot is located as shown in the images below, no further action is necessary for that unit.

If any potentially affected units are found:
Download the PDF safety bulletin here.
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Catalog Number and Manufacturing Date can be identified on the shipping label as shown above.
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Catalog number and Manufacturing Date can be identified on the unit publication inside the switch.
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Switch cartons with a yellow dot adjacent to the catalog number are conforming.
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Switches with a yellow dot on the handle arm are conforming.

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Old 07-10-2018, 08:49 PM   #2
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Wow, safety disconnects are from a maintenance point of view one of the most reliable equipment you can have.
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Is Eaton going to pay us to replace their hazardous switches?
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Wow, safety disconnects are from a maintenance point of view one of the most reliable equipment you can have.
A safety switch that causes a hazard......interesting.........lol.
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The safety switch can potentially supply power when the handle is in the “off” position, subjecting the operator of the switch or any downstream equipment to risk of serious bodily injury or death.

That's one heckuva flaw...



I was at Siemens when they had a recall of 250AF breakers because the handle could separate from the operating mechanism, leaving you with no way to open the breaker( other than to trip it with the "Test" button). But at least is wasn't CLOSING on you!
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This is the reason I test for power with a wiggy after I pull the handle! This makes me even more paranoid.
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This is the reason I test for power with a wiggy after I pull the handle! This makes me even more paranoid.
Same here.

Turn the switch off, open the door, check for voltage on the load side.

Of course, I am violating safety regulations by not suiting up before opening the door........
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I'm so happy that I only installed Eaton light duty safety switches for as long as I can remember............
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Let me guess - made in the USA?
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This is the reason I test for power with a wiggy after I pull the handle! This makes me even more paranoid.
I also double check to make sure the knives are all open. I think it was Big John that brought that up in a thread a few years ago that sometimes a knife will stick.
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Always test with a wiggy type tester, the life you save may just be your own.
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I going to put a sticky on this one due the safety issue going on with the recall.

I always check the load side after I turn the source off. as we know sometime something can come up and bite your arse.
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Is Eaton going to pay us to replace their hazardous switches?
I don't think so but they will replace the unit
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Every year we have to check and service every disconnect and breaker (about 700 of them). Most years we will find at least one disconnect that fails to open all 3 legs when the handle is down and every few years we will find a breaker that fails to open even when the breaker indicates that it is off or tripped (even makes the nice click sound when tested but the contacts remain stuck together).

After 15 years of being around this stuff you learn to trust nothing, test everything.
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Fantastic, only have about 30-40 of them to check.......ffs
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Just joined today. And already paying dividends, I just installed 6 Eaton Heavy duty 30's on new roof AC units. Great now the risk of injuring one of my Electricians, looks like I won't be ordering any more Eaton.

Thanks for the heads up
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I also double check to make sure the knives are all open. I think it was Big John that brought that up in a thread a few years ago that sometimes a knife will stick.
In the process of replacing an old Westinghouse 100a/3P disconnect where the handle mechanism loosened up and it was hit or miss whether the knives would move when you moved the handle. I've had handles just break off (internally or externally) before but never one that only sort of worked. Those visible blade disconnects suddenly look like a really good idea.
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Just joined today. And already paying dividends, I just installed 6 Eaton Heavy duty 30's on new roof AC units. Great now the risk of injuring one of my Electricians, looks like I won't be ordering any more Eaton.

Thanks for the heads up

I wouldn't give up on Eaton so quickly. I'll take Eaton over GE; "general electric", "good enough" and "government electric" any day of the week, twice on Saturday and all day Sunday.
We've had GE 250v/60A rated switches fail opened or closed repeatedly. Mainly over at Field Maintenance where they are used as feeder disconnects for engine block heaters. All of which is outside so it's either below freezing or below zero when it fails.
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Wow great info, thanks for sharing!
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