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  • Lake view: Certified dock electrician program needed

  • Are you a dock owner? Have you tried to get your dock up to current Ameren requirements? It isn’t all that easy. First, not all fire protection districts have the same requirements as different jurisdictions use different dated codes.
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  • Are you a dock owner? Have you tried to get your dock up to current Ameren requirements? It isn’t all that easy. First, not all fire protection districts have the same requirements as different jurisdictions use different dated codes.
    So, an electrician who has been trained in, say, Osage Beach dock electrical safety requirements, may not have their work approved in another, say Sunrise Beach.
    How is this so?
    Well, codes, although specific in some areas, are general in others. Some jurisdictions may allow stranded conductors while others require solid conductors.
    Some jurisdictions may allow for properly glued flex connections and others require compression fittings. And as a dock owner, currently, there is no way to select the right electrician for where one lives.
    So what is a dock owner to do?
    I suggest that since Ameren has their Certified Dock Builder program, that they should do something similar for electrical safety for docks (Certified Dock Electrician).
    This list would give the dock owners a legitimate place to start to look for qualified dock electricians. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy.
    Say an electrician attends a dock wiring course to comply with Osage Beach FPD, he/she takes the course completion paperwork to Ameren, sign a certification that he indeed took and completed the course, and his/her name is added to the CDE listing.
    The listing could include company name and phone number if they wanted to do non-dedicated job wiring. The listing would also show what jurisdictions in which they have received training.
    This is needed as again, not all jurisdictions interpret Ameren requirements the same.
    The CDE listing would have to be a living document as individuals would be added and deleted on a monthly basis.
    To get on the CDE list, the individual should also have some responsibility to return and take any corrective action if their wiring was not approved.
    Failure to respond to call backs, say within 21 days, would result in removal from the CDE for one year time period and recertification with new training documentation.
    It would also help, if the various fire protection districts would list who have taken their dock wiring course. But since many are primarily volunteer operations, this added work may not be feasible.
    And how in the world those in Morgan County, outside of any fire protection district conducting inspections, can locate qualified dock electricians without some qualified and trained listing is beyond me.

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