Aren't MSHA inspectors always required to be escorted while on site inspecting? I had one tell a customer that they had 15 amp receptacles throughout their shops and all of the breakers were 20 amps and wanted 50 or so receptacles replaced. I asked inspector if he had 20 amp devices in his kitchen at home??? I then had to dig my wrinkled and wet code book out of the truck and show him the article that states that 15 amp devices can be used on 20 amp circuits. OK, agreed.As others have said I try to turn it into a teaching/learning moment. God knows I do not know all of the nooks and crannies of the NEC or any other code there is.
I tied into an MSHA inspectors over ground fault outlets. Management at a company level had rolled on the issue costing our little facility $3k in parts labor was free. The guy wandered into a shovel we were working on with out the proper PPE. I escorted him to the lift and rode down with him.
Went to my truck got him a set of eye protection and we went back to the work area. Bosses found out and they panicked big time. These guys can shut down the site if need be. We started a dialog and it ended up with me asking him why he was inspecting areas of the mine that were not in his jurisdiction. Never got an answer but I believe it was MSHA flexing muscles after a particularly bad safety year. Mining IS dangerous. After that when ever he came to our facility I was his driver. Even MSHA inspectors are not allowed to drive around a active mine with out all of the training.