Picture yourself pulling the handle to the "off" position and then changing the fuses.
is it marked LINE / LOAD
Beyond the above, if you were to attempt to reverse feed in my plant then I would make you rewire it - violation or not. ELs have good reason not to be lazy but there are still those around. I don't want a death at my site caused by a lazy EL who pulls the disconnect, sees the panel lights go out, and then tries to unwire the bottom side of the disconnect without checking for voltage. And I despise virtually every sign that doesn't come from God. Particularly a guy dancing on electrons because someone thought it more convenient to wire the disconnect backwards. That's a really bad sign.
Jim with disconnect switches you cannot bottom feed them with or without markings.
Breakers can be bottom fed if they are not marked line and load.
If marked as line / load then is no choice. If has fuse then no choice. If it is not marked (not likely) then i believe you could put line on bottom.
As far as anyone getting hurt, if he does not check voltage first he should not be touching this job as he is not qualified.
I'm not arguing with your observation. I'm just saying I'm at a strong union plant and qualified here is probably less than you desire.
On and Off markings are not the same as Line and Load markings.I am thinking more along the line of a regular snap swirch that is marked on and off. Also some pullout disconnects do not have a bottom or top but they will likely be marked load / line. Never seen any real disconnects that were not marked.
Oh, don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel.And I despise virtually every sign that doesn't come from God. Particularly a guy dancing on electrons because someone thought it more convenient to wire the disconnect backwards. That's a really bad sign.