earthing a grid plate on a modular light switch

I am currently replacing a 2 gang light switch in my hall with a 3 gang modular switch. i.e. there are 3 separate switch modules which are mounted on a metal grid plate, which is then fixed to the back box and then a face plate fitted over the front. The instructions are minimal (no wiring diagrams are given) but they say the metal grid plate which the switch modules are mounted on must be earthed using the earth terminal on it. Is the grid plate earthed by connecting a yellow/green sheathed wire from the grid plate terminal to the earth terminal on the back box? This gives 4 earth connections to the back box, 1 from the grid + 3 from the incoming switch cables?

Asked by Mark on 4th Apr 2023
Expert Trade Answers
"The grid switch metal plate will need to be earthed using the earthing wire (yellow and green sheathed). There should be a fly lead ( a single Earth yellow/green wire) from the earthing terminal to backbox and same with the grid metal plate.

Hope this answers your question."
Answered on 4th Apr 2023 - Member since Jan 2018 - report
"Hi Mark,

Yes this is correct the metal grid plate needs earthing with a green and yellow earth cable as you said.

Thanks Sam."
Answered on 4th Apr 2023 - Member since Mar 2023 - report
"That would do it. If you have a continuity tester, test it to make sure. In short, all earth cables need to be connected"
Answered on 4th Apr 2023 - Member since Jun 2022 - report
"You can bring a single earth fly lead onto your front plate, from the earth connection in the back. Or you can simply connect all of the green/yellow cables into the metal front plate itself.

When the switch is screwed back, the front plate is connected to the backbox through the front plate screws, so if the backbox is metal, the earth will continue providing the connection is sound."
Answered on 5th Apr 2023 - Member since Mar 2023 - report
"If you’re not an electrician I would suggest leaving it to a professional.
There’s a reason that we spend 4 years as an apprentice and further advanced training during our career"
Answered on 10th Apr 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"Everything what have a metal part , including grids parts , metal sockets etc need to be eartheed with the main earths of the cable . So basically if you have 3 cables in the switch mean that you gonna have 3 earth connected together with the earth from grid and needs to be in a common point which is the screw from back box ."
Answered on 20th Apr 2023 - Member since Apr 2018 - report
"Yes you must earth the back box and then from the back box take some 1.5mm cable and earth the back box too the front plate👌"
Answered on 9th May 2023 - Member since May 2023 - report
"Yes, the metal faceplate needs to be earthed. Swing the earth wire from the backbox on to the faceplate, or use a piece of 1mm2 cable from the earth terminal on the backbox to the earth terminal on the grid plate"
Answered on 7th Apr 2023 - Member since May 2018 - report
"Yes, the earth or cpc, ie fly lead if metal back box being used must always be earthed."
Answered on 20th Jun 2023 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
"I you were replacing a plastic light switch you wouldn't be asking for advice Right?
I would get someone competent to install it. I'm not saying your not but I would have to see the installation before i gave any advice on that."
Answered on 18th May 2023 - Member since Aug 2022 - report
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