Abandoned Cable and Wire Removal - Cable Abatement
The 2002 revisions to the National Electrical Code have progressively
addressed the issue the fire hazard in commercial buildings caused by
abandoned wire and cable. The newly added requirement(1)(2)
for the removal of abandoned cable and wire, while laudable, has
created the potential for a large liability to building owners.
Adapticom has assembled a team of Engineers, Attorneys, and
Communications Consultants to represent the interests of building
owners and ensure that the issue can be resolved efficiently and
economically, while protecting both the financial and legal interests
of the building owners. To this end Adapticom provides the
- Inspection and inventory of existing telecommunications infrastructure.
- On-site inventory and tagging of abandoned cable & equipment in Telecommunication Rooms, Risers, and Plenum areas.
- On-site assessment of telecommunications infrastructure.
- Analysis of legal risks and potential for recouping costs from past tenants.
- Investigation into methods for mitigating cable removal costs
- Contract analysis for future lease agreements.
- Removal of tagged cable, hardware, and equipment.
The extent and method of enforcement of the abandoned wire provisions
of the 2002 NEC are dependent on local state, county, and city permit
and inspection practices. When the responsible governing body
requires abatement only when a large scale demolition is underway, the
effects of the provision may be negligible. However, when
compliance with the code is required for an entire building while the
building remains operational, the situation changes dramatically
providing exposure to significant risks and potential
liabilities. For such situations it is advisable for the owner to
engage the services of a professional organization specializing in such
1The definition of
abandoned cable, as found in paragraphs 800.2 and 770.2 of the NEC 2002
Book, states "....Installed
communications cable that is not terminated at both ends at a connector
or other equipment and not identified
"For Future Use" with a tag."
copper cable, paragraph 800.52(B) of the NEC Code states "...The accessible portion
of abandoned communications cables
shall not be permitted to remain.." Additionally,
paragraph 800.52(1) states that abandoned cables in
vertical runs shall not be permitted to remain.
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