Recently we took on a new client whose core business relies totally on working on building sites, so off I went to site, electrical testing their equipment …
Electrical Testing Construction Workers Equipment
I have said it time and time again, one of the first things that everyone should do before using an electrical appliance, is have a quick look to see if it is safe to use. I mean, is the plug broken? Has the cable become twisted? Can you see the internal cable cores? Is there any other damage?
“If you can see any, I hope that you won’t use it as it might be hazardous to your health!”
Common sense would say that a broken plug taped up with Gaffa or Duct tape (this tape fixes everything) or even held together with an elastic band, would not be safe to use. Well, not in the construction industry … they seem to have a completely different rule book!
This rule book says a cut cable showing the internal copper cores, a plug hanging off or even taped up with black tape is safe to use. Some of the things builders do to continue working would most definitely make your hair curl! Mind you, some of the worst offenders of allowing cut cables and a bit of tape to cover the join (would you believe it) are electricians!
In most cases, their response is usually that “of course it’s Ok to use a bit of tape“. Sometimes I wonder if they really do know what they are doing when it comes to working with electricity? I’ve been bitten by the damn stuff more than once and it really hurts!
There were so many pieces of equipment that needed repair work that I even ran out of some stock held on the van! At least I can get more in less than 24 hours, just in time to visit the other site to test that equipment.Anyway, this particular client had a number of specialist fitters who along with the company supplied equipment also have some of their own. Some of them really needed to be a little more safety conscientious when their equipment has been damaged.
“I pray it’s in a better shape than the first lot, but I doubt it!”
If you work on a construction site, you need to make sure your equipment is safe to use, please carry out a visual check before using and if it is damaged don’t even plug it in. Never let your equipment go untested for more than the recommended 3 months.
Until next time …It’s always better to be safe than sorry, isn’t it? If you work in construction (or any of the trades who use electrical equipment) call me urgently on 0330 6600264 and let’s arrange to meet up and get your and get your work tools tested soon!