There has been a few times in the last month where I have cut the ends off cords of equipment and hard wired to eliminate GFI protection for personnel. I did provide a disconnecting means. One example was a sump pump, I simply cut the end of the cord off and hardwired it in a 1900 box and put a single pole switch in. This came about because a contractor did not want another GFI receptacle that someone could plug into and possibly overload the circuit. The power for the sump pump was taken off the garage circuit. The contractor did not want to pay for a separate circuit to be brought to the sump pump.
Another example was heat trace cable in a crawl space. I did the same thing, but I used a equipment rated GFI breaker.
I have never done this before, I have never seen anyone else do it. I always thought that cutting a cord off an appliance or piece of equipment was a no no. The only way I have ever wired for a sump pump was a GFI receptacle on a dedicated circuit.
So basically what I'm doing is hardwiring instead of using cord and plug to eliminate GFI protection for personnel.
Anyone else ever do this? Do you see a problem?