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Richard Owen

Richard P. Owen is the senior electrical inspector for the city of St. Paul, Minnesota. An IAEI instructor, Dick was the secretary-treasurer for the Minnesota Chapter for 13 years and is also a member of the IAEI board of directors representing the Western Section. He is a member of the Electrical Safety Council, UL, an NFPA electrical section member and chairman of CMP-3.


The Power of U8

Membership. There, I said it! Now, please don’t roll your eyes and go to the next article, because you really need to think about IAEI membership—your own and your fellow members of this organization.

With Eyes Wide Open – 2009 International President Richard Owen

Three hefty challenges face IAEI in its eighty-first year. First, and perhaps the most troubling of the three, is the weakening position of the electrical inspector. Second, and closely tied to the first, is the difficulty in retaining members.

If You Don’t Cover the Risks, You Lose!

Before any risk is ever taken, test pilots, race drivers, mountain climbers, and sky divers make meticulous preparation for their personal safety. Electrical inspectors also face risks every day just doing their jobs.

Near Misses Are Too Risky

During your career as an electrical inspector, have you ever received a shock while inspecting? Have you ever accidentally faulted a circuit between phases or to ground? Have you ever tripped over something on the floor in a construction site because your attention was focused elsewhere?

Temporary Installations

The first thing one notices about Article 305, Temporary Wiring, in the 2002 National Electrical Code is that it is no longer there! By direction of the Technical Correlating Committee, Article 305 has been relocated to Chapter 5 and re-identified as Article 527.

Focus on the Code

Insulated bushing required when large conductor installed in EMT?

NEC-2002, Section 300.4(F) says: "…the conductors shall be protected by a substantial fitting providing a smoothly rounded insulating surface…” and does not specifically require a bushing. The bushing is only mentioned in the second paragraph in regard to a different requirement of 300.4(F).