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brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 9:04PM

Quote:Also, cables need to be longer to be able to perform their job and the ensuing 'loop' below the outlet becomes a hazard in itself.


not if you have them properly suspended. We have no problem with "Droopy Loops", even though several of the lights are on an overhead pantograph type trackway which cover around 60% of the studio area

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brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 9:16PM
I've just realised that I may have confused people a little, the overhead sockets are for the lights suspended from the overhead trackways, the floor mounted lights have their cables running to floor level mounted sockets. You wouldn't want high level sockets for floor standing lights.

None of the cables intrude into to the working area of the studio but are kept to the edges where they are out of the way of the models and photographers
Jestertheclown 6 6.6k 242 England
15 Aug 2012 9:38PM

Quote:I've just realised that I may have confused people a little,

I think that we both have.

By 'high level,' I was referring to this trend towards installing electrical outlets a few feet above the skirting board. I think the idea took off as an means of making life easier for people who can't bend down easily, older people for example and in that respect, they do serve a purpose but from a more general H&S point of view, they're more hazardous than the old, lower fitted ones.
Outlets at, or better still above, head height, provided the cables are properly and securely routed out of harm's way wouldn't be such an issue.
Just don't place them so high that you need a ladder to reach them. That will then involve specialised ladder training and approved, kite-marked ladders!
15 Aug 2012 11:05PM
i also meant the light that were going to be high, obviously the floor mounted lights should low level plugs
triumphv8 7 453 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 6:18AM
Stuart, I'd recommend NOT to contact the council. Yes they can help, but they can be twats aswell. Perform a fire risk assessment, plenty of advice and proforma's on line, or get a fire alarm company to advise on smoke/fire alarms.
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 6:34AM

Quote:That will then involve specialised ladder training and approved, kite-marked ladders!


and wearing a Hard Hat! Wink
Jestertheclown 6 6.6k 242 England
16 Aug 2012 11:29AM

Quote:Stuart, I'd recommend NOT to contact the council. Yes they can help, but they can be twats aswell. Perform a fire risk assessment, plenty of advice and proforma's on line, or get a fire alarm company to advise on smoke/fire alarms.

You need to cherry pick the advice that the council give you.
Performing a fire risk assessment yourself isn't a particularly good option as you (probably) won't know what you're looking at or for.
A fire alarm company's one option but be aware that they'll find at least one thing that only they can put right. And charge you for it.
I speak from experience.

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