A distribution substation should always be managed by a licensed expert. Licensed experts know enough about electrical switchboards, medium voltage switchgear use, non segregated phase bus use and Siemens bus plug use to make sure power is distributed in an appropriate manner. Amateurs should not work on any of these electrical components. Amateurs are likely to cause injury to themselves, damage the electrical components and more. These are unnecessary risks that the manager of a distribution station should consider at all times. Proper safety training and or and education designed at certifying an individual as an electrical professional should be completed before trusting any person to work with a medium voltage switchgear.
Replacing a damaged medium voltage switchgear can get expensive. There is a trade off between cost and quality when it comes to electrical components, as with any other product. It is important to purchase a quality electrical component, as cheap components may actually damage the entire system. Damage to an entire substation because of a faulty switchgear at any voltage is usually much more expensive than just buying a high quality component from the start. If you need to purchase a replacement switchgear, do some web research first. You might be able to discover a supplier or manufacturer of medium voltage switchgears that you can count on simply by reading social media posts, web reviews from other clients and through other online resources. It is also smart to ask fellow electricians about ordering any of the electrical components your substation requires for a new installation or replacement.
There are medium voltage switchgears that provide a centralized form of control over electrical systems. Similarly, a medium voltage switchgear will offer protection for your circuitry and electrical gear. Installing or maintaining a medium voltage switchgear will be required from time to time. Any switchgear that you are responsible for managing should include signage notifying the public of electrical hazards. This is required for liability issues at most substations. If you do not have proper signage warning the public to stay away from your switchgears, you may face a lawsuit when a person approaches a switchgear and injures himself or herself. Business insurance for any electrical company will probably include an inspection of the location where you house switchgears. If you are able to show adequate protection of the electrical components on site, it is more likely that you will qualify for business insurance.