Why turning on the lights while abroad might be a bad idea: Electrical engineers reveal the world’s most shocking wiring
- The Institution of Engineering and Technology exposed bad wiring
- Along with readers of its magazine, E&T, it voted for the worst examples
- The most shocking came from Madras, the Maldives and Vietnam
‘Don’t drink the water’ is a commonly heard piece of advice for holidaymakers – but ‘don’t turn on the lights’ should perhaps also be adopted as sage guidance in some places.
Members of the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and 138,000 readers of its magazine, E&T, have voted for the worst examples of wiring around the world – and they’ve unearthed some truly shocking examples.
More than 500 examples of truly hair-raising wiring were submitted and E&T readers were asked to use their expert opinion to vote for the worst from a shortlist of 12 particularly bad examples - published here.
This wiring, from an office block in Madras, was deemed the world's worst by the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology and 138,000 readers of its magazine, E&T
Second place in the E&T vote went to a hotel in the Maldives where showering might literally be described as a shocking experience. It had two opportunities for electrocution
Third place was awarded to a street installation from Hanoi, Vietnam, with a collection of telecom, lighting and possibly mains cables – exact details being impossible to tell as all of the cables are a shade of black
Even in Saint-Tropez (pictured) it pays to hire a professional electrictian – or avoid looking at the back of your holiday villa
The outright winner with more than 50 per cent of the votes was from an office block in Madras.
A metered mains supply for the building had been ‘hacked’ by multiple bare, unterminated wires - possibly from tenants attempting to bypass the meter.
All were loosely hung from a wooden board already bearing the scars of a previous fire.
Second place in the E&T vote went to a hotel in the Maldives where showering might literally be described as a shocking experience.
Based in a hotel obviously suffering serious space constraints, the system’s installation requires three pin plugs and the mains supply to be mounted inside the shower – with not one, but two opportunities for electrocution thrown in for good measure, the judges said.
It turns out that wiring standards around the world leave a lot to be desired
This shoddy piece of electrical engineering was one of the 12 shortlisted in the voting
Many of the worst examples of wiring were found in Asia, but two in the top 12 were located in France
Third place was awarded to a street installation from Hanoi, Vietnam, with a collection of telecom, lighting and possibly mains cables – exact details being impossible to tell as all of the cables are a shade of black.
Fingers crossed for customers asking for support with wiring emergencies, E&T said.
But the readers from E&T also found that it’s not just Asia that has a blasé attitude to wiring and safety with two of the top 12 examples being located in France and one in the normally visually perfect enclave of Saint-Tropez.
Whoever put this together needs to be spoken to by a circuit judge
So even there it pays to hire a professional – or avoid looking at the back of your holiday villa.
Commenting on the survey, E&T Features Editor Vitali Vitaliev said: ‘The wiring regulations have kept generations in the UK safe from fires and electrocution and no professional electrician here would work without them.
'Unfortunately, that message doesn’t reach all corners of the world and some of the dangerous wiring examples our readers have found are truly terrifying.’
Danger: The top 12 worst-wiring list contained examples of electrical engineering that posed a serious threat to life
A telegraph pole hangs precariously from two cables
Barking: This stick is being used to connect two pieces of wire
A bare wire protrudes from the ground in a hair-raising piece of engineering
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