Connection at pole/plinth fuse

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tumeke
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Connection at pole/plinth fuse

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Hi guys - who terminates a mains at the load side of a plinth/pole fuse. Is it an inspector?
Is an inspector also allowed to pull a plinth/pole fuse? Can an electrician do this?
I know the homeowner is responsible for the cabling from the pole/plinth so assume they wouldn't engage Vector (or the equivalent) to do this.

Another question - who re-seals meters if the seal is cut to terminate a new mains? Do you need to get a metering company out to verify and re-seal?

Thanks a lot!
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Generally the network company arranges connection at the pole/plinth, it could be their network connection team it could be subcontracted out to another company, basically the pole/plinth belongs to the network company so they says who does the connection there
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Sometimes the person doing the connection may hold an "Inspector" PL; but it's not "inspection of PEW" [ESR 70], nor any of the other actions that require an "Inspector PL; so they are not acting as an "Inspector".
They're acting as "person connecting" [ESR 73A].
and gregmcc is correct that the network decides who is allowed to access their equipment for any purpose.
Generally no such authorisation will be given unless the person has been trained and inducted into that network's procedures.

Similarly meter seals should never be cut without authorisation from the meter owner - sometimes a retailer, but these days more often a metering equipment provider (MEP).
MEPs are required to maintain the equipment in calibration and certified as correctly installed; and there's a label showing who last certified the metering and when.
In some cases the sealing tool has a unique ID that gets embossed into the seal; and this also makes it traceable to the person who holds that sealing tool.
If the seal is cut; the metering has to be re-certified - and whoever cut the seal can expect an invoice.
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Question leading on from above, if a live polarity test is undertaken ( using independent earth, trailing lead, and a voltmeter) and transposition of conductors is found, can the service fuse be removed by the electrician for safety reason if accessible?
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As an electrician you have a duty of care to leave it in a safe condition, as normally you would not be allowed access to the service fuse - Ring the network company, Personally if it was me and I could reasonably access the service fuse without damaging the pillar I would remove the fuse and advise the network company, any network company that kicked up a fuss because of that situation would have a losing battle on their hands.
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