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Fine for flouting the law

In October this year, a company was fined $180,000 for failing to provide its workers with a safe working environment. Having worked in the construction industry and also electrical industry, I can say this company is not alone in ignoring the Workplace Safety Act. Many PCBU's think their 'minor' issues are not a problem and OK to ignore. "It's been looking like that for years and we're OK".Well, they might be OK if they're lucky, so long as they are not caught or someone is injured. Or wor...

November 6, 2018

Dangers of being too busy

We are all busy. Juggling routine work, work crises, office politics, the son's earache, the daughters homework, our personal life..... it goes on. Some things are more urgent than another. Sometimes what might seem insignificant, are in fact an urgent issue. A couple of weeks ago I was testing at a location with a small office block. In it were intelligent, hard working people. What I found simply astonished me.In the photo above, I found a fan heater with a power lead that had been damaged. At...

October 26, 2018

Test and Tag - What requires testing?

When you choose to comply with Health and Safety regulations, make sure that you are getting value for money.Every now and again I come across some, interesting shall we say, interpretations of the NZ3760 Standards. (Note: USB leads do NOT need to be tested) Ensure your testing company knows what they are testing, why they are testing it and how often the appliance needs to be tested. The standard allows for variance in re-test periods based on the risk to the appliance or lead of being damaged ...

June 12, 2018

Are you wasting your money on Workplace Insurance?

That critical business expense that we all love to hate. But are you flushing your hard earned money down the drain?Most of us know that if our car fails a WOF and have an accident, we are not covered by insurance. Stuff (Top 10 reasons New Zealanders Insurance claims are denied) Just as your car needs to be checked for safety, so does your workplace. This includes all electrical appliances. - You could consider Test and Tag as part of getting a WOF for your business.Whether your business i...

December 6, 2017

Compliance costs, price matters

This week while I was getting my car serviced by my local mechanic – who did a great job I might add – I was talking with an electrician from another part of the country. We were talking about testing and tagging and he mentioned something that reminded me of what an old electrician acquaintance once said to me – he “will do test and tag, but doesn’t like doing much of it because he cannot compete with people who specialise in it”. For clarity, I’m going to repeat the main point ...

October 11, 2017

Do your appliances and leads meet the standard?

Since the law changes in 2015 and 2016 of the Health and Safety at Work Act, businesses have largely become more aware of their requirements to comply. However there are still an alarming number of businesses who are not even aware that there is such an Act in law. As a professional Electrical Test and Tag operator, I have the luxury of experiencing a multitude of worksites, offices, hotels, motels rest homes and many other types of businesses. My estimation is that 70% of my time is taken up in...

September 20, 2017

Appliance recalls

Despite the best efforts by manufacturers and suppliers, there are occasions where an appliance has a fault caused from either design or manufacturing process failure, and some times these faults are not discovered until the appliances are already in homes and businesses.The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment publish a list of product recalls as they arise. Recently there have been a couple of appliances that may affect you. At Kadec Test & Tag, we are not just a testing and tagging ...

September 1, 2017

The most common cause of a failed electrical test

While going about my testing, I have found an alarming coincidence when testing appliances. To give you a brief background, I have tested appliances for builders, plasterers, hair salons, offices, painters, barbers, retail shops, motels, hotels and rest homes.The NZ Standard NZS3760 lays out a generalised time-frame for the frequency of when appliances should be tested. Appliances used in construction for example are to be tested every 3 months. Commercial cleaners and factories or places of mai...

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