Please note that Canadian Niagara Power Inc. “CNPI” will be performing inspections of Pad Mounted Transformers within its service territory throughout the remainder of 2016. During this inspection period, customers may see CNPI and its authorized representatives in and/or around Pad Mounted Transformers, some of which may be located on CNPI customer property. This inspection program will continue annually to ensure that transformer access is not obstructed. Obstructions include but are not limited to shrubbery, fences, benches etc.
Please see below for a visual representation of the required clearances for energized electrical equipment as well as excerpts from CNPI’s Conditions of Service and the Ontario Electrical Safety Code with respect to this issue.
The customer will provide unimpeded and safe access to CNPI at all times for the purpose of installing, removing, maintaining, constructing, operating distribution equipment and reading or changing metering and associated equipment.
1.7.1 General Rights
The Customer shall not build, plant or maintain or cause to be built, planted or maintained any structure, tree, shrub or landscaping that would or could obstruct the construction and operation of distribution lines, endanger CNPI’s equipment, interfere with the proper and safe operation of its facilities or adversely affect compliance with any applicable legislation in the sole opinion of CNPI.
1.7.3 Property Rights
The Customer shall:
(a) Provide CNPI with access to the serviced premise at all reasonable hours for purposes of meter reading, replacing, removing or testing its equipment, and measuring or checking the connected load
(b) Provide CNPI with space and cleared rights-of-way on private property for lines and equipment required to service the Customer
(c) Trim or allow CNPI to trim all trees in close proximity to service lines in order to maintain such lines in a safe manner
(d) Not unreasonably interfere with CNPI’s access to its property
(e) Not attach wires, cables or any other fixture to CNPI’s poles or other property except by prior written permission from CNPI
(f) Not erect any buildings or obstructions on CNPI’s easements, lands or alter the grading of such lands without prior written approval of CNPI.
(g) Have the right to install, remove or replace any of its property as it deems necessary
(h) Maintain ownership of all equipment and facilities provided by CNPI, whether or not a Contribution In Aid of Construction (CIAC) may have been applied.
Electrical Safety Code
Rule 2-312 of the also specifies that;
Passageways and working space around electrical equipment shall not be used for storage and shall be kept clear of obstructions and so arranged as to give persons ready access to all parts requiring attention.