Receiving, handling and
This portion of the instruction manual
covers the receiving, handling and storage
instructions for a type 38-3AH3 vacuum
circuit breaker shipped separately from the
switchgear. This section of the instruction
manual is intended to help the user
identify, inspect and protect the circuit
breaker prior to its installation.
Make a physical inspection of the shipping
container before removing or unpacking
the circuit breaker.
Check for shipment damage or indications
of rough handling by the carrier. Check
each item against the manifest to identify
Accessories such as the manual charging
crank, the racking crank and the split plug
jumper are shipped separately.
Shipping damage claims
Important: The manner in which visible
shipping damage is identified by consignee
prior to signing the delivery receipt can
determine the outcome of any damage
claim to be filed.
Notification to carrier within 15 days for
concealed damage is essential if loss
resulting from unsettled claims is to be
eliminated or minimized.
Improper lifting or hoisting can result in death, serious injury
or property damage.
Obtain the services of a qualified rigger prior to hoisting the
circuit breaker to assure adequate safety margins in the hoisting
equipment and procedures to avoid damage.
1. When the shipment arrives, note
whether the equipment is properly
protected from the elements. Note the
trailer number the equipment arrived
on. Note also any blocking of
equipment. During unloading, check
the actual equipment delivered to
verify it agrees with the delivery
2. Make immediate inspection for visible
damage upon arrival and prior to
disturbing or removing packaging or
wrapping material. This should be
done prior to unloading when possible.
When total inspection cannot be made
on vehicle prior to unloading, close
inspection during unloading must be
performed and visible damage noted
on the delivery receipt. Take pictures if
3. Any visible damage must be noted on
the delivery receipt and acknowledged
with the driver's signature. The
damage should be detailed as much as
possible. It is essential that a notation
"possible internal damage, subject to
inspection" be included on the delivery
receipt. If the driver will not sign the
delivery receipt with the damage
noted, the shipment should not be
signed for by the consignee or their