This weekend was spent PAT testing locally for a change. I was on the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire border, but what a day this was going to be. Having carried out a recent site inspection, it was planned that three staff would be needed to complete the job and we would all be home in time for lunch …
PAT Testing In Northampton
On arrival, the team quickly walked the site, deciding who would start where and which offices and vehicles would be PAT tested first. Well, this is where it started to go wrong. One of the team started with the vehicles. The equipment on these vehicles was mainly used on construction sites, so we knew that unless they had been tested within the last 3 months (unlikely) then this was going to be a long job.
We started by carrying out a visual inspection on the first piece of equipment and we knew this was the start of things to come. The cable had numerous pieces of electrical tape wrapped around it and, with our extensive experience, we knew that this would be hiding something. Of course, we were right!
The tape was hiding numerous cuts in the cable, some of which were so deep that the internal copper cores were exposed! As I said, this was the start of things to come; from broken plugs to cut cables to the most obvious way to hide something – Gaffa tape.
Never one to be nosey, but removing the Gaffa tape from a drill we were testing revealed a missing piece of casing exposing the internal parts – and this was still being used the day before! I do wonder how much longer this drill would have been used for, before somebody was seriously hurt?
Eventually, we completed the testing just in time for afternoon tea (rather than lunch) but in the end we were confident that all the equipment that had been passed was now safe to use. We did send 22 items to the failure graveyard though!
Until next time …If you’d like a professional PAT testing company who will remove electrical and Gaffa tape from equipment to see what’s really going on then call me on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email and I’ll call you right back.At the end of the PAT testing, we were a little concerned as to what the client was going to say, but we shouldn’t have worried. They were extremely happy and very impressed with our service, but one thing was for certain, I would hate to be their in house engineers first thing on Monday morning!