A company has recently been fined for dangerous practices
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 worse.
A fine of this magnitude is more than enough to bankrupt many smaller businesses.
Some safety issues that are identified are difficult to control, but not impossible. I think we can all agree this is one of the biggest reasons construction costs seem out of control. But other things are simple and relatively inexpensive to maintain.
Electrical equipment is one of those that should be a 'No Brainer'. It's really simple. Check your tools before use and if it looks dodgy, it probably is.
Test and Tagging your gear is a good way to ensure your tools are safe AT THAT POINT IN TIME, but you also need to ensure damage is not done in those 3 months between testing. If there is any damage, get a qualified person to do the repairs. They must also test the appliance to Standard AS/NZS 5762 and tag appropriately.