Old Electrical Equipment - Wylex RCD

An old Wylex RCD.

Exposed terminals

Old Wylex RCD This double pole RCD is dated 1983.

The large metal terminals are completely exposed, and are a hazard, since even when switched off, the supply terminals would still be live.

Device ratings

240V, 50Hz.

30mA trip, maximum load 80A.

Part number WSES80/2 F. BS4293.

RCD with cover

Wylex RCD with cover fitted Fitting the cover does conceal the live terminals, however this example has a large section cut away from the grey plastic cover.

Even with cables installed, the hole in the cover is still big enough for fingers to fit through. The live terminals are just 5mm inside that large hacked hole.