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Photo shows a Centre branded heater Center brand fan heater sold at Wolseley Plumb Center There is a risk of the plug and/or fuse overheating and could be a fire hazard. More...
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What you need to know about portable appliance testing (PAT)

18-08-2015

Image shows the plug of a portable appliance near an electrical socketUnder the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, dutyholders (employers and self-employed people) are legally required to ensure that electronics with the potential to cause injury are maintained in a safe condition, so far as is reasonably practicable. Dutyholders are jointly responsible for equipme…

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Top 6 Grounding Site Dangers

23-09-2014

Picture shows how to wire a UK plugIf your facility is not grounded correctly, both your employees and your equipment are at risk. Electricity will find a path to ground, and if a worker is the path of least resistance, they will receive an electrical shock. Depending on the current in the system, the shock could be anywhere from mil…

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Estate agent and forklift operator prosecuted after electric shock incident

18-04-2013

overhead power linesA farmer from Holford received an electric shock when the forks of the fork lift materials handler he was riding on came into contact with an 11,000 volt overhead power line, Taunton Deane Magistrates’ Court heard.

The accident happened in April 2011 at the machinery auction site at Walford Cro…

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Do I have to PAT test?

22-10-2012

Do I have to PAT test?

Do I have to PAT test? How often should I PAT test? How do I know that my portable electrical appliances are safe?

These questions are examples of what I’m regularly asked by managers / business owners who are concerned with regulatory compliance or just want to be sure the electrical applia…

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How to protect staff at risk of an electric shock

03-10-2012

high voltage warning signIf you are an employer, you have responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to protect your staff and the public from hazards.

Electric shocks can result in injury or even instant death which means it’s in your interest to take the necessary precautions to minimise the …

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Firm fined after workers exposed to risk of electric shock

24-08-2012

A Tyneside firm has been fined after an electrical system was left in a dangerous condition exposing workers to the risk of electric shock or electrocution.

On 16 August, Darlington Magistrates' Court heard that Coolcheck Refrigeration Ltd. failed to ensure parts of an electrical system wer…

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Council-owned firm fined after worker receives electric shock

09-07-2012

Swindon Commercial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, has been fined after an agency employee received an electric shock whilst securing fencing at a play area.

The worker had undertaken work for Swindon Commercial Services for a number of years and was working at…

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Company prosecuted after worker suffers electric shock

30-04-2012

A coating and treatment company with premises in Swavesey, Cambridgeshire has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered an electric shock.

He received an electric shock whilst checking new cables on a hardening machine that had recently been maintained, sustaining open wound…

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