Simple locking system for consumer units protects electricians

Hager, consumer unit, lock, safety

Hager has developed a simple solution for locking its consumer unit so that no-one can access devices while an electrician is working on a circuit. It was originally developed for Taylor Wimpey and Barratts for electricians to use while working on a circuit while keeping the rest of the installation live.

The door of the consumer unit has a steel bracket with a hole through which a locking bracket will fit. When work is finished, the electrician plugs the hole with a bung that is supplied with the board. Spare bungs can be bought in packs of 10.

Chris Howells, product manager for Hager, says, β€˜The HSE have been pushing the market for a safe way of locking off a consumer unit so that no-one can access the devices. While we have seen compete bars or housings used to prevent access to consumer units, until now there has not been a simple and fast solution.’

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