A health care end user sent me these photos and he’s looking for some insight from iDigHardware readers.  The photos were taken in a new hospital, and the architect has specified that all automatic operators must be installed above the acoustical tile ceiling.  This installation makes it more difficult to access the operator for maintenance or adjustment.

Is there a code requirement that would prohibit this installation?  Would the working space required by NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code apply here?  The code reads: Access and working space shall be provided and maintained about all electrical equipment to permit ready and safe operation and maintenance of such equipment.

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