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Grounding and Jumpering. Temporary Grounding. Why is it so important? De-energized Circuits become energized accidentally Human Error Contact with energized circuits Induced Voltage Lightning Faults on adjacent circuits. The “A” Approach. Aware--see everything-What if?

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Grounding and jumpering

Grounding and Jumpering


Temporary grounding

Temporary Grounding

Why is it so important?

  • De-energized Circuits become energized accidentally

    • Human Error

    • Contact with energized circuits

    • Induced Voltage

    • Lightning

    • Faults on adjacent circuits


The a approach

The “A” Approach

  • Aware--see everything-What if?

  • Adapt--What is this situation ,no standard approach. What if?

  • Attack—Don’t violate MY zone, I am responsible for me!


What conditions justify reviewing grounding jumpering practices

What Conditions Justify Reviewing Grounding & Jumpering Practices

  • Increased Fault Current Levels

  • Increased Conductors per Structure

  • Increased Conductors per Right-of-Way

  • Age of Protective Grounding Equipment

  • Accidents Continue to happen


Osha 29 cfr 1910 269 guidelines

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 Guidelines

Grounding for the Protection of Employees

  • Equipotential Zone (EPZ):

    • “Temporary protective grounds shall be placed at such locations and arranged in such a manner as to prevent each employee from being exposed to hazardous differences in electrical potential.”

      1910.269(n)(3)

  • Question: Is there a difference between:

  • TRIPPING OR BRACKET GROUNDS

  • PERSONAL PROTECTION GROUNDING (EPZ)


Grounding and jumpering

From page 11-5 of Encyclopedia of Grounding

Grounding for the Protection of Employees

  • PERSONAL PROTECTION GROUNDING – EQUIPOTENTIAL ZONE GROUNDING (EPZ)

    • A COMBINATION of tripping grounds AND personal grounds installed in a method that BONDS the de-energized cables and equipment with ALL other conductive objects within the work site, limiting the VOLTAGE DIFFERENTIAL (Electrical Potential) exposure to a safe value.


Osha 29 cfr 1910 269 guidelines1

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 Guidelines

Grounding for the Protection of Employees

  • Equipotential Zone

  • Protective Grounding Equipment

  • Testing

  • Order of Connection

  • Order of Removal


Osha 29 cfr 1910 269 guidelines2

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 Guidelines

Grounding for the Protection of Employees

  • Equipotential Zone:

    • “Temporary protective grounds shall be placed at such locations and arranged in such a manner as to prevent each employee from being exposed to hazardous differences in electrical potential.”

      1910.269(n)(3)


Osha 29 cfr 1910 269 guidelines3

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 Guidelines

Grounding for the Protection of Employees

  • Protective Grounding Equipment:

    • “Protective grounding equipment shall be capable ofconducting the maximum fault current that could flow at the point of grounding for the time necessary to clear the fault. This equipment shall have an ampacity greater than or equal to that of No. 2 AWG copper.

    • Protective grounds shall have an impedance low enough to cause immediate operation of protective devices in case of accidental energizing of the lines or equipment.”

      1910.269(n)(4)


Osha 29 cfr 1910 269 guidelines4

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 Guidelines

Grounding for the Protection of Employees

  • Testing:

    • “Before any ground is installed, lines and equipment shall be tested and found absent of nominal voltage, unless a previously installed ground is present .”

      1910.269(n)(5)


Osha 29 cfr 1910 269 guidelines5

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 Guidelines

Grounding for the Protection of Employees

  • Order of Connection:

    • “When a ground is to be attached to a line or to equipment, the ground-end connection shall be attached first, and then the other end shall be attached by means of a live-line tool.”

      1910.269(n)(6)


Osha 29 cfr 1910 269 guidelines6

Order of Connection:

“When a ground is to be attached to a line or to equipment, the ground-end connection shall be attached first, and then the other end shall be attached by means of a live-line tool.”

1910.269(n)(6)

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 Guidelines

Grounding for the Protection of Employees

IMPORTANT ! - Rubber Gloves are NOT live-line tools


Osha 29 cfr 1910 269 guidelines7

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 Guidelines

Grounding for the Protection of Employees

  • Order of Removal:

    • “When a ground is to be removed, the grounding device shall be removed from the line or equipment using a live-line tool before the ground-end connection is removed. ”

      1910.269(n)(7)


Grounding and jumpering

Note: All grounding clamps, ferrules and cable meet ASTM F 855

(For the latest information, please reference ASTM F 855 Standard)

1(b). ASTM F 855 DESIGNATION SUMMARY

  • “Type” – refers to the means of installing a ground clamp

    (i.e. eyescrew, tee handle, permanent hot stick).

  • “Grade” - refers to the withstand rating for the ground clamp

    (e.g. "Grade 5" Clamp is rated at 43 kA for 15 cycles).

  • “Class” – refers to the clamp jaw surface

    (i.e. smooth or serrated).


Support studs

Support Studs

  • Visually and functionally identifies order of removal


Effects of current on man

Effects of Current on Man

*Short shock values for 165 lbs. person

C. F. Dalziel & W. R. Lee, "Lethal Electric Currents“ 1969


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  • Most lightning strikes average 2 to 3 miles long and carry a current of 10,000 Amps at 100 million Volts.

  • The temperature of a typical lightning bolt is hotter than the surface of the Sun!

  • A single lightning bolt is roughly the same diameter as a US Quarter or Half Dollar coin .

  • Lightning can strike as far as 20 miles away from the storm.


Grounding and jumpering

History of Electric Power Generation

1820, Separate experiments by Hans Christian Oersted, A.M. Ampere, and D. Arago confirmed the relationship between electricity and magnetism. Experiments lead to the discovery of flowing electric currents.

1826, George Ohm defines the relationship between power, voltage, current and resistance in “Ohms Law.”

1831, Michael Faraday proves that electricity can be induced by changes in an electromagnetic field. 

1835, Joseph Henry invents the electrical relay, used to send electrical currents long distances.

1860′s, Mathematical theory of electromagnetic fields published. J.C. Maxwell creates a new era of physics when he unifies magnetism, electricity and light. Maxwell’s four laws of electrodynamics (“Maxwell’s Equations”) eventually lead to electric power, radios, and television.

1878, Thomas Edison forms the Edison Electric Light Company in New York City along with JP Morgan who finances the venture.

1879, After many experiments, Thomas Edison creates an incandescent light bulb that could be used for about 40 hours without burning out. By 1880 his bulbs could be used for 1200 hours.

1880 , JP Morgan is first person to have a private residence electrically wired for the new incandescent light bulb.

1882, Thomas Edison opens the world’s first DC generating station on Pearl Street in New York City. 


Grounding and jumpering

1883, Nikola Tesla invents the “Tesla coil”, a transformer that changes electricity from low voltage to high voltage making it easier to transport over long distances. The transformer was an important part of Tesla’s alternating current (AC) system, still used to deliver electricity today.

1884, Nikola Tesla arrives in America and starts work with Edison’s Electric Light Company. During this year, Nikola Tesla invents the electric alternator, an electric generator that produces alternating current (AC).

1885, After improving upon Edison’s DC dynamo, Tesla leaves Edison’s company and forms partnership with George Westinghouse after Edison refuses to pay him for his work.

1886, William Stanley develops the induction coil transformer and an alternating current electric system.

1888, Nikola Tesla demonstrated the first “polyphase” alternating current (AC) electrical system. His AC system includes everything needed for electricity production and use such as the electric generator, transformer, transmission system, motors and lights.

1890, War of Currents between Thomas Edison/JP Morgan and Nikola Tesla/George Westinghouse and continues through the 1890’s and early 1900’s.

1892, Anticipating AC to become the dominant form of electric power, JP Morgan gains control of the Edison Electric Light Company and forms General Electric. GE invests heavily into AC power.

1893, The Westinghouse Electric Company used an alternating current (AC) system to light the Chicago World’s Fair. George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla also win contract to build the first hydro electric power plant at Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls Power Co opens in 1896 and supplies power to Buffalo NY.


Each phase connected to a driven ground rod

Each Phase Connected to a Driven Ground Rod

  • Problems

    • Resistance between grounds.

    • Does not limit voltage drop across the worker.

    • Different potentials present.

    • Long cable lengths.

    • Does not protect against “step” potential.


Equivalent circuit diagram each phase connected to a driven ground rod

Rw

RJ

RJ

RJ

RE

RE

RE

Equivalent Circuit DiagramEach Phase Connected to a Driven Ground Rod

  • RJ is the equivalent resistance of the ground leads.

  • RW is the equivalent resistance of the worker on the structure.

  • RE is the equivalent resistance of the earth between driven grounds.


Phases connected to a common ground

Phases Connected to a Common Ground

  • Improvements

    • Reduced resistance between phases.

    • Results in faster system reaction time.

  • Problems

    • Ground resistance in parallel with the work area.

    • Does not limit voltage drop across the worker.

    • Does not protect against “step” potential


Equivalent circuit diagram phases connected to a common ground

Rw

RJ

RJ

RJ

RE

Equivalent Circuit DiagramPhases Connected to a Common Ground

  • RJ is the equivalent resistance of the ground leads.

  • RW is the equivalent resistance of the worker on the structure.

  • RE is the equivalent resistance of the earth between driven grounds.


Jumpering from phase to phase

Jumpering from Phase to Phase

  • Improvements

    • Reduced number of leads to ground.

    • Eliminates violent reaction of multiple leads to ground.

    • Minimum resistance between phases, rapid fault clearing.

  • Problems

    • Does not limit voltage drop across the worker

    • Does not protect against “step” potential

    • Does not create an equi-potential work zone


Equivalent circuit diagram jumpering from phase to phase

Equivalent Circuit DiagramJumpering from Phase to Phase

  • RJ is the equivalent resistance of the ground leads.

  • RW is the equivalent resistance of the worker on the structure.

  • RE is the equivalent resistance of the earth between driven grounds.

RJ

RJ

Rw

RJ

RE


Equi potential configuration

Equi-Potential Configuration

Connect to neutral when available

  • Improvements

    • Reduced number of leads to ground.

    • Eliminates long leads to ground.

    • Puts conductor, work area, and lineman at the same potential. Creates an Equi-Potential work area.

  • Problems

    • Does not protect against “step” potential.


Equivalent circuit diagram equi potential configuration

Equivalent Circuit DiagramEqui-Potential Configuration

Example

  • Cable  1/0 AWG Copper, 12’ Long

    RJ = (12 X .098 mΩ) + .32 mΩ = 1.496 mΩ

  • RW = 1000 Ω

  • Fault Current, iF = 12,000 A

  • Current through the worker by Kirchoff’s Law iW = (RJ)/(RJ+RW) X iF = 18 mA

  • 1.49/(1.49+1,000)x12,000 =18mA

  • 100 mA: Fibrillation can occur

  • 23 mA: Painful & Severe shock

RJ

RJ

Rw

RJ


Equivalent circuit diagram equi potential configuration1

Equivalent Circuit DiagramEqui-Potential Configuration

Example

  • Cable  1/0 AWG Copper, 8’ Long

    RJ = (8 X .098 mΩ) + .32 mΩ = 1.10 mΩ

  • RW = 1000 Ω

  • Fault Current, iF = 12,000 A

  • Current through the worker by Kirchoff’s Law iW = (RJ)/(RJ+RW) X iF = 13 mA

  • 1.10/(1.10+1,000)x12,000 =13mA

  • 100 mA: Fibrillation occurs

  • Reducing the cable length 4’ reduced the current through the workers body by 26%

RJ

RJ

Rw

RJ


Hps ground clamp ratings

HPS Ground Clamp Ratings

IEC 61230 / ASTM F855

  • IEC 35kA

  • IEC 40kA

  • IEC 55kA

  • ASTM Grade 5

  • ASTM Grade 6

  • ASTM Grade 5H

  • ASTM Grade 7H

    Determination of clamp / ground set depends on available fault current.


Double point grounding

Phase Conductor Jumpers

Ground Jumper

Cluster Bar (chain binder) below working position

Neutral Jumper

Double Point Grounding

  • Jumpers connect all three phases together on each side of the work site.

  • Jumper connects cluster bar to phases on each side of the work site.

  • Jumper connects cluster bar to system neutral or a ground rod if a neutral is not available.

  • Provides additional capacity for larger fault currents, (fault current is divided by Ohm’s Law).

  • If the job requires breaking the circuit at the work site, double-point grounding must be used.


Single point grounding

Phase Conductor Jumpers

Ground Jumper

Cluster Bar (chain binder) below working position

Neutral Jumper

Single Point Grounding

  • Jumpers connect all three phases together.

  • Jumper connects cluster bar to phases.

  • Jumper connects cluster bar to system neutral or a ground rod if a neutral is not available.


Step touch potential

Step & Touch Potential

Ground rod test at A.B. Chance Research Center, Centralia, MO


Step potential unprotected

Step Potential (Unprotected)

  • Dependent upon resistance between “system” ground and workman on the “Earth” ground.

  • Hazardous voltage potential exists across the workman on the ground.

  • Solution: Create a zone of Equi-Potential for the workman on the ground.

IFAULT

RK

RF

RF

R1

R2

R0


Step potential protected

Step Potential (Protected)

IFAULT

R1

RK=resistance across the worker.

R0=ground resistance

R1=structure resistance

R2=ground grid resistance

ESTEP=voltage drop across worker

IK=current through the worker

  • The closer the worker is to the structure the greater the potential rise.

  • Voltage drop across the worker on the ground is limited by the ground grid.

  • Unprotected workers should stay clear of the work area around the structure ground.

RK

IFAULT

ESTEP

R2

IK

R0

Potential rise above remote earth during short circuit

RK

R2

R0

R1


Equi mat ground grid

Equi-Mat® Ground Grid

  • Protection against step potential.

  • Portable ground grid provides Equi-Potential work zone for groundman.

  • Limits hazardous voltage drop across the person due to voltage gradient at the ground site.

  • Meets or exceeds (New) ASTM F2715


Touch potential protected

Touch Potential (Protected)

IFAULT

RK=resistance across the worker.

R0=ground resistance

R1=ground grid resistance

ETOUCH=voltage drop across worker

IK=current through the worker

  • The closer the worker is to the structure the greater the potential rise.

  • Voltage drop across the worker on the ground is limited by the ground grid.

  • Unprotected workers should stay clear of the work area around the structure ground.

R1

ETOUCH

RK

IFAULT

R0

IK

Potential rise above remote earth during short circuit

RK

R1

R0


Grounding and jumpering

  • Tested to ASTM 2715-09 Standard in Hubbell Short Circuit Lab

  • Results meet or exceeded ASTM Standards for HPS/Chance Equi-Mat.

  • Test Duration – 14.5 cycles

  • Ground fault measured at 1132A at 7680V at ground rod.

  • 3 volts & 3mA measured across man when tested grid up, 4 volts & 4.3mA measured across man when tested grid down.

  • Mat is designed for grid up use only.


Equi mat ground grid1

Equi-Mat® Ground Grid

  • Portable ground grid provides Equi-potential work zone for worker.

  • Protection against step and touch potential.

  • Limits hazardous voltage drop across the person due to voltage gradient at the work site.

  • Now available in Slip Resistant material (Black)


Touch step potential protection at truck work site

Touch & Step Potential Protection at Truck Work Site


Ohsa 1926 subpart e

OHSA 1926 Subpart E

OHSA §1926.959, Mechanical Equipment

(iii) Each employee shall be protected from hazards that might arise from equipment contact with the energized lines. The measures used shall ensure that employees will not be exposed to hazardous differences in potential. Unless the employer can demonstrate that the methods in use protect each employee from the hazards that might arise if the equipment contacts the energized line, the measures used shall include all of the following techniques:

  • (A) Using the best available ground to minimize the time the lines remain energized,

  • (B) Bonding equipment together to minimize potential differences,

  • (C) Providing ground mats to extend areas of Equi-potential, and

  • (D) Employing insulating protective equipment or barricades to guard against any remaining hazardous potential differences.

Meets or Exceeds ASTM F2715


General worksite schematic

General Worksite Schematic


Voltage vs distance from ground point

Voltage vs. Distance from Ground Point


Protection at truck worksite

Protection at Truck Worksite

  • If equipment is grounded, is it safe?

  • How do we limit a hazardous voltage in the event the equipment becomes energized?


Temporary grounding equipment selection location

Temporary Grounding EquipmentSelection & Location

  • Choose ground cable with adequate capacity.

  • Choose ground clamps with adequate current capacity.

  • Verify system is de-energized.

  • Clean connections.

  • Locate clamps for jumpering.

  • Minimize cable slack.


Grounding cable selection

Grounding Cable Selection

  • Size / Fault Current Withstand Capacity. Ratings at 15 and 30 cycles per ASTM F855

  • Jacket Color

    • Yellow, Clear, or Black(Personal preference)

  • Ferrules

    • Shrouded or UnShrouded (Depends upon type of stress relief)

    • Threaded or Smooth (Match to ground clamp terminal)

    • Copper or Aluminum(Match with the clamp material)


Fault current withstand rating

Fault Current Withstand Rating


Temporary grounding cable

Temporary Grounding Cable

  • #2, 1/0, 2/0, & 4/0 Copper Cable.

  • Yellow, Black, & Clear Jacket.

  • Threaded and Plug Type Compression Ferrules (ASTM F855 recommendation).

    • Copper Ferrules: Use with bronze body clamps.

    • Aluminum Ferrules: Use with Aluminum body clamps.


Tap clamps are not grounding clamps

TAP CLAMPS ARE NOT GROUNDING CLAMPS!!

Key Differences:

Oversized Tap Bolt

Extra clamp for ground cable to

help withstand high mechanical

forces of a fault current

Larger Diameter Eyescrew

with fine threads for

additional clamping force

Much Larger Clamp Mass

Oversized main area

provides larger contact area


Ground clamp selection

Ground Clamp Selection

  • Type: “C” Type, Duckbill, Flat Faced, Tower Type, Ball & Socket.

  • Fault Current Capacity.

  • Eye Screw or “T” Handle.

  • ACME or Fine Thread.

  • Body: Aluminum or Bronze.

  • Jaws: Serrated or Smooth.

  • Terminals: Threaded, Smooth, Pressure Type


C type ground clamps

“C” Type Ground Clamps

  • Designed for use on wide range of conductor and tubular bus.

  • Up to Grade 5 rating (43kA)

  • Available with pressure type or threaded terminals.

  • Available with serrated jaws or smooth jaws.

    • Serrated jaws are better able to penetrate corrosion.

    • Can provide a lower resistance connection when cleaning is impractical.

    • Tighten the clamp, slightly rotate it, then securely tighten.


Flat face ground clamps

Flat Face Ground Clamps

  • Designed for connection to flat surfaces.

  • Utilizes “set” screw to assist electrical connection.

  • Available with eye screw or “T” Handle.

  • Threaded, smooth, or pressure type terminals.


Tower ground clamps

Tower Ground Clamps

  • Designed for making low resistance connection to galvanized steel.

  • Special “self-cleaning” cutting edges.

  • Tighten clamp, slightly rotate, then securely tighten.

  • Pressure - Type Terminal

  • “T” Handle Screw


Duckbill ground clamps

Duckbill Ground Clamps

  • Quick installation on range of conductor.

  • Large “Spring-loaded” Duckbill makes it easy to install.

  • Available with pressure type or threaded terminals.

  • Up to Grade 5 rated (43kA @ 15 cycles).


Ball and socket ground clamps

Ball and Socket Ground Clamps

  • Unique design for substations, switchgear, and industrial applications.

  • Permits installation at various angles.

  • Available with eyescrew or “T” handle.

  • Pressure type or threaded type terminals.

  • Rated up to Grade 5 (43kA @ 15 cycles).


All angle ground clamps

All Angle Ground Clamps

  • Ideal for substation and transmission applications.

  • Installs at a wide range of angles.

  • Maximum opening of 2.88”.

  • Rated Grade 5, (43kA @ 15 cycles).

  • Pressure type or threaded type terminals.

  • Eye screw or stick mounted.


Cutout grounding clamps

Cutout Grounding Clamps

  • Ideal for grounding at open points.

  • Provides physical barrier to prevent accidental closing.

  • Fits a wide variety of cutout designs.

  • Rated 20kA @ 30 cycles.


Verify system is de energized

Verify system is de-energized

  • Check meter for continuity

  • Use appropriate length of stick


Clean connections

Clean Connections

  • Wire Brush

  • Sand

  • Minimum - Serrated Jaw Ground Clamp


Underground distribution ground set

Underground Distribution Ground Set

  • Provides high visibility ground elbow.

  • Ground elbow mounts directly to a ground bushing or feed through bushing.

  • Rated 10kA @ 10 cycles.

  • Available in single phase and three phase sets.


Minimize cable length

Minimize Cable Length

  • Demonstrates the violent reaction of the ground clamp and cable during fault currents.


Pole type ground set

Pole Type Ground Set

  • Includes pre-assembled jumpers with aluminum body clamps and ferrules.

  • Bottom left is the cluster bracket.


Testing personal protective ground sets

Testing Personal Protective Ground Sets


15 kv vertical running corner

15 kV Vertical Running Corner

  • Cluster bar mounted below the work area.

  • Jumper Cluster Bar to neutral.

  • Jumper neutral to outside phase.

  • Jumpers connect all three phases together.


15 kv vertical deadend

15 kV Vertical Deadend

  • Cluster bar mounted below the work area.

  • Jumper Cluster Bar to neutral.

  • Jumper neutral to outside phase.

  • Jumpers connect all three phases together.


15 kv crossarm application

15 kV Crossarm Application

  • Cluster bar mounted below the work area.

  • Jumper connects Cluster Bar to neutral.

  • Jumper connects neutral to outside phase.

  • Jumpers connect all three phases together.


Equi potential grounding why is it important

Equi-Potential Grounding Why is it Important?

  • Mandated by OSHA 1910.269- Section “N” Federal law since 1994

  • Provides employee protection

  • Provides a Zone of Equi-potential

  • Provides a path to ground w/ low voltage drop across worker

  • Requires a Minimum cable size #2 Copper or equivalent

  • Grounding sets must have low impedance


Equi potential grounding why is it important1

Equi-Potential Grounding Why is it Important?

  • Recommend periodical testing per ASTM F2249- In Service Test Methods for Grounding Jumper Assemblies

  • Allows for Single or Double point

  • Eliminates differences in potential

  • Backed up by field tests and actual use for over 20 years

  • Accepted by most utilities and contractors


Ground set tester information

Ground Set Tester Information

  • Uses D.C. low current test

  • No need to measure ground leads up to 25 ft

  • Adapters available for testing all types of grounding components

  • Will test aluminum as well as copper ferrules

  • Probing capability to find high resistance areas

  • Not affected by coiling of the cables

  • Cable Inductance does not affect readings

  • Not affected by placement on metal table or on concrete floors


Ground set tester comparison

Ground Set Tester Comparison

  • Can test sets w/ spring protectors around ferrules

  • D.C. designed to give accurate , easy test method

  • 5 volts across set compared to .5 volts for other testers

  • No need to disassemble elbow grounds or grounded parking stand to test

  • Two indications of high resistant area, one by digital readout, other red or green pass/fail light

  • Non Destructive test

  • No specific cable orientation


Why use grounding cable

Why Use Grounding Cable?

  • Finer stranding makes cable more flexible

  • Cable tested to carry fault currents

  • Preferred by ASTM F855-04

  • Rubber jacket also important for flexibility

  • Clear jacket offers easy visual inspection of cable

  • Yellow cable more visible than black


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