Businesses and organisations have a responsibility to their employees to ensure that their working environment is both safe and comfortable. This includes doing everything that is reasonably practicable to prevent accidents at work by checking the safety of electrical appliances.
One of the biggest fears in terms of suffering injuries at work is the dangers surrounding electrical products. To this end, employers should take great care to make sure that all electrical appliances are installed by fully qualified professionals and undergo regular and rigorous inspections.
How often should electrical appliances be checked to prevent an accident at work?
Electrical equipment in offices should be constantly visually checked. This is by far the most effective way of picking up on early signs of damage and deterioration, and can help nip a potential workplace accident in the bud.
Thorough tests from competent professionals need to be conducted on a frequency that is regular enough to ensure that there is little chance that the equipment can become dangerous in between tests.
Electrical appliances which are exposed to harsh environments should undergo more regular testing then equipment which is housed in safer settings.
Good business practice would be to research and record how often equipment ought to be tested and stick to this guide. Recording the details of each report will enable organisations to track any deterioration, and prevent any workplace accidents.
What should I do if I suspect an electrical machine is unsafe?
If you see some electrical equipment in the office that you fear may be unsafe, then you have a responsibility to act so as to prevent a serious accident in the office.
First of all, you should warn everyone else to stay away from the machine. If it is safe, and indeed possible to do so, switch the machine off.
Next, you should report your concerns to the management team. They should then contact and seek advice from a qualified professional, who may be required to visit in order to carry out repairs.
If you suffer an injury at work from faulty equipment, you may well be due some work accident compensation.
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Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown