As part of our regular routine testing and inspection duties for a Tier 1 Financial Institution on Canary Wharf, we highlighted up several degraded DB PAN assemblies which were at risk of catastrophic failure, presented an immediate safety risk, and were classified as highly dangerous (EICR C1). The problematic units were supplying the company's trading floor, which gave additional risks to critical daily business operations and continuity.
We immediately highlighted the details of our findings to the client, along with providing a comprehensive solution. Our team created a detailed plan including, project management, costs management, risk register, construction work, documentation and handover. As part of the proposal, we also took the opportunity to suggest using the newest Schneider products to meet the latest regulations and improve long term lifecycle and reliability. This included the installation of surge protection, RCBO protection where required and installing thermography friendly perforated panels.
Each panel was isolated, before being completely gutted of internal components and being rebuilt. The new solution provides a brand new distribution arrangement within an existing enclosure, negating the need for specialist panel manufacture to meet the size requirements. Panels are completed over a weekend shutdown, managed by Metropolitan, liaising with all third party specialists to ensure BAU is achieved well before traders are back in on Monday morning.
The client is now also looking closely at other FWT test results as we work through their property portfolio, with urgent special attention paid to the specific DB’s of similar age and criticality, in view of the faults and failures previously found and the long term prognosis for these specific items.