Hall of infamy

aka : The hidden and not so hidden dangers in your workplace

1st Place for the stupidity award
1st Place for the stupidity award

Still in use, jammed in a container door cam, and connected to a port-a-com external power supply (That had not popped the RCD fuse). More than one issue going on here....

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Arcing plug
Arcing plug

Tucked in the back of a cupboard, I found this plug. As you can see, it had been arcing, and there is also evidence of black smoke on the switch beside it. Fortunately for this company, they are very proactive in safety and have all the checks done they need to do. This ended in a good story, but could easily have ended up differently.

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Previously passed with no earth
Previously passed with no earth

A forklift charger had been Test and Tagged at least 3 previous times, and passed by inexperienced testers. From new, it was never connected to earth for safety because the body connecting the earth pin was powder coated and had no connection and should have failed each time. This is why you need to make sure the person testing knows what they are doing.

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#1 issue in Hotel and Motel appliances
#1 issue in Hotel and Motel appliances

Wound up and unwound virtually every day, irons and hair driers are very susceptible to damage.

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Oil heater was still in use
Oil heater was still in use

Heaters draw a lot of power. If over used, the cables become either soft or dry and fragile

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Dangers ignored and hidden
Dangers ignored and hidden

Found under a pile of papers in a school office, this heater was still plugged in, turned on and left unattended. Danger is never intended, however inattentiveness to hazards are a disaster waiting to happen

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Multiplug
Multiplug

Multiplugs are great, usefull things that allow us to add multiple appliances on a limited number of outlets. HOWEVER, they are also prone to abuse of time. When the opening is damaged like this, it allows easier access for foriegn objects to enter, creating a hazard when paper or dust fall in, which in turn has the potential to catch fire.

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Another multiplug
Another multiplug

This plug was not only damaged, it also shows sign of burning or overheating. - Probably from the heater that was plugged in to it.

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A terminal block and insulation tape is not safe
A terminal block and insulation tape is not safe

Insulation tape might work as a temporary fix, but it is not a compliant method for a permanent fix. It's easy to replace a lead, not so easy to replace you if you get an electrical shock.

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Orbital sander
Orbital sander

Builders and construction workers need to ensure their tools are tested every 3 months. Since they are in an hostile environment and the nature of their use, testing is required to ensure leads are kept in a safe and serviceable condition.

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A crushed cable
A crushed cable

Found this EIC cable for a computer monitor pinched under a desk leg. Clearly seen are the bared copper wires. It was lucky the table foot was plastic and not of the metal kind.

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Table saw with no earth connection
Table saw with no earth connection

In use, and previously given a Test and Tag pass, this table saw failed to pass the Earth test. On closer inspection I found that it had been installed incorrectly and never wired up with an earth connection. Yet another case where an inexperienced PAT tester failed to do a complete test and missed one of the most important safety features of a class 1 appliance.

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A worn out extension lead
A worn out extension lead

Failed extension leads are very common. Especially in the construction and commercial cleaning environments. This one of the more obvious fails yet was still being used by it's owner.

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