In addition to being a hard core diyer, I must admit to being a trial lawyer(although exclusively defending homeowners, businesses, contractors, etc. subjected to frivilous suits). I am currently defending a local Boys/Girls Club where someone claims to have gotten a shock while attemting to turn on a light switch… the ‘KEY” type used in such facilities to prevent kids from fooling around with the lights. The client tells me that the switch in question is no longer connected to anything as the result of an earlier remodel. It had been part of a three-way switched light circuit which was eliminated. The box and switch were left in the cmu wall and , supposedly, a live hot lead remained connected to the switch. Obviously I need to confirm this and have the switch examined for defects. If this setup was as described, is this a code violation or at least poor practice ? It seems that the power should have been disconnected at the nearest downstream junction box or the switch should have been removed, the wires capped, and a solid cover plate installed over the box. (The injured party was unfamiliar with the facility and didn’t realize the switch controlled nothing) If the answer is yes, any liability should rest with the electrical contractor. I appreciate any comments.
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