I've got a situation where a contractor put in some 500 MCM wire and butchered it pretty badly. Here are the problems, all in about a 12" area:
1. The wire goes over a sharp edge. The contractor took a side grinder and cut a way a part of the panel cover to keep the edge away from the wire.
2. The wire is bent at nearly a 90 degree angle. I can't imagine how he did this, unless he stuck it in a vise. The bend is sharper than you'd get if you stuck it in a conduit bender.
3. The outer casing of the wire is wrinkled up due to the sharp bend, and cut in some places due to the (apparently) large forces used to install it.
Now, I am trying to find sections of code to cite, other than the "workmanship" clause. Table 312.6B talks about bending space in panelboards, which he has probably ignored. (I will take measurements when I visit the site next week) Conductor damage and wires over sharp edges are pretty easy targets.
But I was looking for the code reference that tells us we can't bend wires less than a certain diameter. The famously brief index in the NEC code handbook doesn't list anything for "wire bending radius"
Is minimum wire bending radius addressed in the NEC, or is that a UL issue or a manufacturer's instructions issue?